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 maxillæ 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)