from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A surgical knife-like instrument of various forms, commonly sharp-pointed and two-edged, used in venesection, and in opening abscesses, etc.
  • noun (Metal.) An iron bar used for tapping a melting furnace.
  • noun (Arch.) a pointed arch, of which the width, or span, is narrow compared with the height.
  • noun a name given to a style of architecture, in which lancet arches are common; -- peculiar to England and 13th century.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of lance, lance; see lance.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French lancete diminutive of lance.


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