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

  • adj. Characterized by a sensation of cutting, piercing, or stabbing.

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  • v. Present participle of lancinate.
  • adj. Sharp, stabbing or piercing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Piercing; seeming to pierce or stab.

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

  • 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)



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