[L- lancea.] A weapon much used by the ancients, consisting of a long shaft witn a sharp point. It was an important weapon of war in the Middle Ages, and though now differing in form is still used by European cavalry. Lances are now made of ash or beech wood, about 12 feet long, with a steel point 8 or 10 inches long. Near the point is a small flag, intended to frighten the horses of the enemy. When not in use the lance is carried in a leathern shoe by the right stirrup, a leathern thong on the right arm keeping it in position. In use it is carried under the fight arm.