spear


spear
spear [spir]
n.
[ME spere < OE (akin to Ger speer) < IE base * sper- > SPAR2, L sparus]
1. a weapon consisting of a long wooden shaft with a sharp point, usually of metal or stone, for thrusting or throwing
2. any spearlike, often forked, implement used for thrusting, as in one kind of fishing
3. short for SPEARMAN
4. [var. of SPIRE2; ? infl. by SPEAR n. 1 above] a long blade or shoot, as of grass
vt.
1. to pierce or stab with something pointed, as a spear
2. to catch (fish, etc.) with a spear
3. Informal to extend the arm so as to make a one-handed catch of (a baseball, etc.)
vi.
1. to pierce or shoot like a spear
2. [cf. SPEAR n. 4] to sprout into a long stem
spearer
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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