Lanced vs Lancet - What's the difference?

lanced | lancet |

As an adjective lanced

is weak, feeble, languid.

As a noun lancet is

a sharp, pointed, two-edged surgical instrument used in venesection and for opening abscesses etc.




  • (lance)
  • Anagrams

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    (en noun)
  • A weapon of war, consisting of a long shaft or handle and a steel blade or head; a spear carried by horsemen.
  • * 1590 , William Shakespeare, Henry VI , Part III, Act II, Scene III, line 15.
  • Thy brother’s blood the thirsty earth hath drunk, Broach’d with the steely point of Clifford’s lance ...
  • * 1909 , Charles Henry Ashdown, European Arms & Armor , page 65.
  • The head of the lance was commonly of the leaf form, and sometimes approached that of the lozenge; it was very seldom barbed, although this variety, together with the others, appears upon the .
  • A wooden spear, sometimes hollow, used in jousting or tilting, designed to shatter on impact with the opposing knight’s armour.
  • * 1591 , William Shakespeare, Henry VI , Part I, Act III, Scene II, line 49.
  • What will you do, good greybeard? Break a lance, And run a-tilt at Death within a chair?
  • (fishing) A spear or harpoon used by whalers and fishermen.
  • (military) A soldier armed with a lance; a lancer.
  • (military) An instrument which conveys the charge of a piece of ordnance and forces it home.
  • (founding) A small iron rod which suspends the core of the mold in casting a shell.
  • (pyrotechnics) One of the small paper cases filled with combustible composition, which mark the outlines of a figure.
  • (medicine) A lancet.
  • Derived terms

    * free lance * lance bucket (cavalry) * lance corporal * lance fish (zoology) * lance knight * lance sergeant * lancer * lance snake (zoology) * stink-fire lance (military)


  • To pierce with a lance, or with any similar weapon.
  • Seized the due victim, and with fury lanced Her back. Dryden.
  • To open with a lancet; to pierce; as, to lance a vein or an abscess.
  • To throw in the manner of a lance; to lanch.
  • See also

    * javelin * pike * spear


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    Alternative forms

    * launcet (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • A sharp, pointed, two-edged surgical instrument used in venesection and for opening abscesses etc.
  • (metallurgy) An iron bar used for tapping a melting furnace.
  • (Knight)


    * (sharp surgical instrument)

    Derived terms

    * lancet arch * (ichthyological) lancetfish


    * Webster's International Dictionary 1902.