lance

A warrior during the Middle Ages most often carried a lance, or a long, pointed spear, as a weapon.

Throughout history, soldiers mounted on horseback have often carried some variation of a lance — something long and sharp for jabbing at enemy warriors. Lances were carried as far back as ancient Roman armies and as recently as Plains Indians after they were introduced to horses in the eighteenth century. The Latin root word, lancea , means "light spear" or "Spanish spear."

Definitions of lance
  1. noun
    a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
    synonyms: shaft, spear
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    types:
    assagai, assegai
    the slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africa
    javelin
    a spear thrown as a weapon or in competitive field events
    trident
    a spear with three prongs
    type of:
    arm, weapon, weapon system
    any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting
  2. noun
    an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish
    synonyms: fishgig, fizgig, gig, spear
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    harpoon
    a spear with a shaft and barbed point for throwing; used for catching large fish or whales; a strong line is attached to it
    leister
    a spear with three or more prongs; used for spearing fish (especially salmon)
    type of:
    implement
    instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
  3. noun
    a surgical knife with a pointed double-edged blade; used for punctures and small incisions
    synonyms: lancet
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    type of:
    surgical knife
    a very sharp knife used in surgery
  4. verb
    pierce with a lance, as in a knights' fight
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    type of:
    pierce, thrust
    penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
  5. verb
    open by piercing with a lancet
    lance a boil”
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    type of:
    open, open up
    cause to open or to become open
  6. verb
    move quickly, as if by cutting one's way
    “Planes lanced towards the shore”
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    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
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