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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lance  \Lance\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Lanced};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Lancing}.] 
  1.  To  pierce  with  a  lance,  or  with  any  similar  weapon. 
 
  Seized  the  due  victim,  and  with  fury  lanced  Her 
  back  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  To  open  with  a  lancet;  to  pierce;  as  to  lance  a  vein  or 
  an  abscess. 
 
  3.  To  throw  in  the  manner  of  a  lance.  See  {Lanch}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lance  \Lance\,  n.  [OE.  lance,  F.  lance,  fr  L.  lancea;  cf  Gr 
  ?.  Cf  {Launch}.] 
  1.  A  weapon  of  war,  consisting  of  a  long  shaft  or  handle  and 
  a  steel  blade  or  head;  a  spear  carried  by  horsemen,  and 
  often  decorated  with  a  small  flag;  also  a  spear  or 
  harpoon  used  by  whalers  and  fishermen. 
 
  A  braver  soldier  never  couched  lance.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  A  soldier  armed  with  a  lance;  a  lancer. 
 
  3.  (Founding)  A  small  iron  rod  which  suspends  the  core  of  the 
  mold  in  casting  a  shell. 
 
  4.  (Mil.)  An  instrument  which  conveys  the  charge  of  a  piece 
  of  ordnance  and  forces  it  home. 
 
  5.  (Pyrotech.)  One  of  the  small  paper  cases  filled  with 
  combustible  composition,  which  mark  the  outlines  of  a 
  figure. 
 
  {Free  lance},  in  the  Middle  Ages,  and  subsequently,  a  knight 
  or  roving  soldier,  who  was  free  to  engage  for  any  state  or 
  commander  that  purchased  his  services;  hence  a  person  who 
  assails  institutions  or  opinions  on  his  own  responsibility 
  without  regard  to  party  lines  or  deference  to  authority. 
 
 
  {Lance  bucket}  (Cavalry),  a  socket  attached  to  a  saddle  or 
  stirrup  strap,  in  which  to  rest  the  but  of  a  lance. 
 
  {Lance  corporal},  same  as  {Lancepesade}. 
 
  {Lance  knight},  a  lansquenet.  --B.  Jonson 
 
  {Lance  snake}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  fer-de-lance. 
 
  {Stink-fire  lance}  (Mil.),  a  kind  of  fuse  filled  with  a 
  composition  which  burns  with  a  suffocating  odor;  --  used 
  in  the  counter  operations  of  miners. 
 
  {To  break  a  lance},  to  engage  in  a  tilt  or  contest. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  lance 
  n  1:  a  long  pointed  rod  used  as  a  weapon  [syn:  {spear},  {shaft}] 
  2:  an  implement  with  a  shaft  and  barbed  point  used  for  catching 
  fish  [syn:  {spear},  {gig},  {fizgig},  {fishgig}] 
  3:  a  surgical  knife  with  a  pointed  double-edged  blade;  used  for 
  punctures  and  small  incisions  [syn:  {lancet}] 
  v  1:  move  quickly,  as  if  by  cutting  one's  way:  "Planes  lanced 
  towards  the  shore" 
  2:  pierce  with  a  lance,  as  in  a  knights'  fight 
  3:  open  by  piercing  with  a  lancet,  as  of  a  boil 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  LANCE 
 
  Local  Area  Network  Controller  for  Ethernet. 
 
  The  alternative  name  for  the  Am7990  {integrated  circuit}  used 
  in  a  {Filtabyte}  {Ethernet}  controller  card. 
 
  (1995-02-15) 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  LANCE 
  LAN  Controller  for  Ethernet  (LAN) 
 
 




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