American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Characterized by a sensation of cutting, piercing, or stabbing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Piercing; seeming to pierce or stab.
- adj. painful as if caused by a sharp instrument
- From lancinate, to stab, from Latin lancināre, lancināt-, to lacerate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The severe pain is described as lancinating, cutting, tearing, burning, boring and pressing.”
“It's that lancinating nerve pain that's often caused by trauma or some sort of injury or surgery.”
“This particular doctor is a fancy Park Ave ID guy who had lots of patients with country homes, and so he listened to my story about the myoclonus and the lancinating pains and immediately diagnosed Lyme.”
“We have severe, lancinating, burning pain, that the strongest drugs in the world have a hard time treating.”
“There were crisp husks of beechmast and cast acorn cups underfoot in the russet slime of dead bracken where the rains of the equinox had so soaked the earth that the cold oozed up through the soles of the shoes, lancinating cold of the approaching winter that grips hold of your belly and squeezed it tight.”
“By the time he reached home he was conscious of feeling very ill: he had lancinating pains in his limbs, a chill down his spine, an outrageous temperature.”
“Parallax stalks behind and goads them, the lancinating lightnings of whose brow are scorpions.”
“The pains are very sharp, lancinating, and burning.”
“☞ Now, wherever there is found _soreness_ or _lancinating pain_ under the touch, it is sure that the part is preternaturally _positive_ -- more or less so, according to the degree of painful irritability.”
“-- A third symptom is shooting, throbbing and lancinating pains in, and enlargement of the breasts, with soreness of the nipples, occurring about the second month.”
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