Dictionary: LANC'ED – LAND'-FLOOD

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LANC'ED, pp.

Pierced with a lancet.

LANCE'LY, a. [lànsly.]

Suitable to a lance. – Sidney.


In botany, tapering toward each end. – As. Res.


Oblong and gradually tapering toward the outer extremity; as, a lanceolate leaf.

LANCE-PE-SADE', n. [It. lancia-spezzata, a demi-lanceman, a light horseman.]

An officer under the corporal. – J. Hall.


Ono who lances; one who carries a lance.

LANC'ET, n. [Fr. lancette, from lance.]

  1. A surgical instrument, sharp-pointed and two-edged; used in venesection, and in opening tumors, abscesses, &c. – Encyc.
  2. A pointed window. – Warton.


  1. The sliding or movement of a ship from the land into the water, on ways prepared for the purpose.
  2. A kind of boat, longer, lower, and more flat-bottomed than a long boat. – Mar. Dict.

LANCH, v.i.

To dart or fly off; to push off; as, to launch into the wide world; to lanch into a wide field of discussion.

LANCH, v.t. [from lance, Fr. lancer.]

  1. To throw, as a lance; to dart; to let fly. See whose arm can lanch the surer bolt. – Dryden. Lee.
  2. To move, or cause to slide from the land into the water; as, to lanch a ship.


  1. Causing to slide into the water, as a ship.
  2. Darting; letting fly, as an arrow.


Having the form of a lance. – Mantell.

LAN'CI-NATE, v.t. [L. lancino.]

To tear; to lacerate. – Johnson.


A tearing; laceration.

LANC'ING, ppr.

Opening or piercing with a lancet.

LAND, n.1 [Sax. land; Goth. G. D. Dan. and Sw. land. I suppose this to be the W. llan, a clear place or area, and the same as lawn; Cantabrian, landa, a plain or field, It. and Sp. landa. The final d is probably adventitious. The primary sense is a lay or spread. Class Ln.]

  1. Earth, or the solid matter which constitutes the fixed part of the surface of the globe, in distinction from the sea or other waters, which constitute the fluid or movable part. Hence we say, the globe is terraqueous, consisting of land and water. The seaman in a long voyage longs to see land.
  2. Any portion of the solid, superficial part of the globe, whether a kingdom or country, or a particular region. The United States are denominated the land of freedom. Go, view the land, even Jericho. – Josh. ii.
  3. Any small portion of the superficial part of the earth or ground. We speak of the quantity of land in a manor. Five hundred acres of land is a large farm.
  4. Ground; soil, or the superficial part of the earth in respect to its nature or quality; as, good land; poor land; moist or dry land.
  5. Real estate. A traitor forfeits all his lands and tenements.
  6. The inhabitants of a country or region; a nation or people. These answers in the silent night received, / The king himself divulged, the land believed. – Dryden.
  7. The ground left unplowed between furrows, is by farmers called a land. To make the land, or To make land, In seamen's language, is to discover land from the sea, as the ship approaches it. To shut in the land, to lose sight of the land left, by the intervention of a point or promontory. To set the land, to see by the compass how it bears from the ship.

LAND, n.2 [Sax. hland or hlond.]

Urine; whence the old expression, land dam, to kill. [Obs.] Shak.

LAND, v.i.

To go on shore from a ship or boat; to disembark.

LAND, v.t.

To set on shore; to disembark; to debark; as, to land troops from a ship or boat; to land goods.


A chief magistrate in some of the Swiss cantons.


A kind of coach or carriage whose top may be opened and thrown back; so called from a town in Germany.

LAND'-BREEZE, n. [land and breeze.]

A current of air setting from the land toward the sea.

LAND'ED, pp.

  1. Disembarked; set on shore from a ship or boat.
  2. adj. Having an estate in land; as, a landed gentleman. The house of commons must consist, for the most part, of landed men. – Addison.
  3. Consisting in real estate or land; as, landed security; landed property. The landed interest of a nation is the interest consisting in land; but the word is used also for the owners of that interest, the proprietors of land.

LAND'FALL, n. [land and fall.]

  1. A sudden translation of property in land by the death of a rich man. Johnson.
  2. In seamen's language, the first land discovered after voyage. – Mar. Dict.

LAND'-FLOOD, n. [land and flood.]

An overflowing of land by water; an inundation. Properly, a flood from the land from the swelling of rivers; but I am not sure that it is always used in this sense.