from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The head of a lance.
  • n. Lachesis mutus, a venomous snake of South America. See bushmaster.


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  • With a crash and the shrieking sound of metal scraped and twisted, Sir Gabriel2s lance strikes Sir Orban2s shield full on, and the sheer impact drives the weapon through the layers of metal and leather, then again into metal as the lance-head dives into Orban2s breastplate.


  • Already, round the far side of the Isan'lwana hill, the van-guard of the Zulu right "horn" was streaming down like a black lance-head to cut the track; I. could make out the green monkey caps and plumes of the Tulwana regiment.


  • So saying, she turned her lance-head towards foe in plain and gave her horse the rein, whereupon he darted off under her, like the stormy gale or like waters that from straitness of pipes outrail.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • But the Aquilonian's lance-head crashed through shield and breast-plate to transfix the baron's heart.

    The Bloody Crown of Conan

  • But still more curious was the fact of a lance-head of stone being found in him, not far from the buried iron, the flesh perfectly firm about it.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • The wavering lines were sometimes joined, and sometimes broken, by coppices of trees, the nearer looking exactly like Uncle Sebastian's pencil-sketches of winter trees, the farther blurred by distance into patches of gray haze, containing the occasional green lance-head of a conifer.

    The Gates Of Sleep

  • A lump of waste iron from a furnace had struck him in the side and surely broken at least two ribs, and a twisted, discarded lance-head had sliced deep through his dark hair and stuck fast in the left side of his head, its point at the temple.

    Brother Cadfael's Penance

  • She could well imagine the kind of damage those lances could do, for the many "teeth" on each lance-head were made to break off in a wound.

    If I Pay Thee Not In Gold

  • As Thuro, Laitha and Prasamaccus clambered over the wire, the Mist Warrior swung in time to block the thrust of a grey blade, cutting the lance-head through the assassin's neck.

    Ghost King

  • The lance-head could be hammered onto the jointed sticks and then carried into battle on horseback.

    Sharpe's Enemy


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