from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To pierce or stab (as with a lance), to lance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To tear; to lacerate; to pierce or stab.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To tear; lacerate.

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

  • adj. painful as if caused by a sharp instrument


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  • Through a minuscule pinhole in that lead block, he could now direct tiny, controlled doses of a furiously potent beam of X-rays—millions of electron volts of energy in concentrated bursts—to lancinate any cancer cell to death.

    The Emperor of All Maladies


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