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Glaive vs. Lance

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Glaivenoun

A light lance with a long, sharp-pointed head.

Lancenoun

A weapon of war, consisting of a long shaft or handle and a steel blade or head; a spear carried by horsemen.

Glaivenoun

(historical) A weapon consisting of a pole with a large blade fixed on the end, the edge of which is on the outside curve.

Lancenoun

A wooden spear, sometimes hollow, used in jousting or tilting, designed to shatter on impact with the opposing knight’s armour.

Glaivenoun

A sword, particularly a broadsword.

Lancenoun

(fishing) A spear or harpoon used by whalers and fishermen.

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Glaivenoun

A weapon formerly used, consisting of a large blade fixed on the end of a pole, whose edge was on the outside curve; also, a light lance with a long sharp-pointed head.

Lancenoun

(military) A soldier armed with a lance; a lancer.

Glaivenoun

A sword; - used poetically and loosely.

‘The glaive which he did wield.’;

Lancenoun

(military) An instrument which conveys the charge of a piece of ordnance and forces it home.

Glaive

A glaive (or glave) is a European polearm, consisting of a single-edged blade on the end of a pole. It is similar to the Japanese naginata, the Chinese guandao and pudao, the Korean woldo, the Russian sovnya, and the Siberian palma.

Lancenoun

(founding) A small iron rod which suspends the core of the mold in casting a shell.

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Lancenoun

(pyrotechnics) One of the small paper cases filled with combustible composition, which mark the outlines of a figure.

Lancenoun

(medicine) A lancet.

Lanceverb

To pierce with a lance, or with any similar weapon.

‘Seized the due victim, and with fury lanced Her back. Dryden.’;

Lanceverb

To open with a lancet; to pierce

‘to lance a vein or an abscess’;

Lanceverb

To throw in the manner of a lance; to lanch.

Lancenoun

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.’;

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Lancenoun

A soldier armed with a lance; a lancer.

Lancenoun

A small iron rod which suspends the core of the mold in casting a shell.

Lancenoun

An instrument which conveys the charge of a piece of ordnance and forces it home.

Lancenoun

One of the small paper cases filled with combustible composition, which mark the outlines of a figure.

Lancenoun

A lancet.

Lanceverb

To pierce with a lance, or with any similar weapon.

‘Seized the due victim, and with fury lancedHer back.’;

Lanceverb

To open with a lancet; to pierce; as, to lance a vein or an abscess.

Lanceverb

To throw in the manner of a lance. See Lanch.

Lancenoun

a long pointed rod used as a weapon

Lancenoun

an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish

Lancenoun

a surgical knife with a pointed double-edged blade; used for punctures and small incisions

Lanceverb

move quickly, as if by cutting one's way;

‘Planes lanced towards the shore’;

Lanceverb

pierce with a lance, as in a knights' fight

Lanceverb

open by piercing with a lancet;

‘lance a boil’;

Lancenoun

a long weapon with a wooden shaft and a pointed steel head, formerly used by a horseman in charging

‘the warriors bore lances tipped with iron or steel’;

Lancenoun

a weapon resembling a lance used in hunting fish or whales.

Lancenoun

another term for lancer (sense 1)

Lancenoun

a metal pipe supplying a jet of oxygen to a furnace or to make a very hot flame for cutting.

Lancenoun

a rigid tube at the end of a hose for pumping or spraying liquid.

Lanceverb

prick or cut open (an abscess or boil) with a lancet or other sharp instrument

‘abscesses should not be lanced until there is a soft spot in the centre’; ‘the prime minister made it one of his priorities to lance the boil of corruption’;

Lanceverb

pierce with or as if with a lance

‘the teenager had been lanced by a wooden splinter’; ‘pain lanced through her’;

Lanceverb

move suddenly and quickly

‘he lanced through Harlequins' midfield to score Swansea's lone try’;

Lanceverb

throw; hurl

‘he affirms to have lanced darts at the sun’;

Lance

A lance is a pole weapon designed to be used by a mounted warrior or cavalry soldier (lancer). During the periods of classical and medieval warfare, it evolved into being the leading weapon in cavalry charges, and was unsuited for throwing or for repeated thrusting, unlike similar weapons of the javelin and pike family typically used by infantry.

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