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lance, lanch:
1. to pierce R3 IV. iv. 225 “Whose hands soever l-'d their tender hearts” (Ff “lanch'd,” Rowe “lanced”), Lr. II. i. 54 “With his prepared sword . . . l-'d mine arm” (Qq “lancht” or “launcht,” Ff “latch'd”).
2. to cut surgically R2 I. iii. 303 “l-eth not the sore” (Ff Q5 “lanceth,” Q1 “launceth,” Qq234 “la(u)ncheth”), Ant. V. i. 36 “we do Diseases” (Ff “launch,” Pope “launce”).
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