from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Medicine A surgical knife with a short, wide, pointed double-edged blade, used especially for making punctures and small incisions. Also called lance.
  • n. Architecture A lancet arch.
  • n. Architecture A lancet window.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sharp, pointed, two-edged surgical instrument used in venisection and for opening abscesses etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A surgical knife-like instrument of various forms, commonly sharp-pointed and two-edged, used in venesection, and in opening abscesses, etc.
  • n. An iron bar used for tapping a melting furnace.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small lance or javelin.
  • n. A small surgical instrument, sharp-pointed and generally two-edged, used in bloodletting and in opening tumors, abscesses, etc.
  • n. In arch., a lancet-window; an arch of lancet shape.
  • n. In entomology, one of the lower pair of piercing organs in the dipterous mouth; the scalpella: supposed by Kirby and Spence to represent the maxill├Ž of the haustellate mouth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an acutely pointed Gothic arch, like a lance
  • n. a surgical knife with a pointed double-edged blade; used for punctures and small incisions


Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of lance, lance; see lance.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French lancete diminutive of lance. (Wiktionary)



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