harpoon


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har·poon

 (här-po͞on′)
n.
A barbed spear attached to a rope and thrown or fired from a gun, used especially in whaling.
tr.v. har·pooned, har·poon·ing, har·poons
To strike, kill, or capture with or as if with a harpoon.

[Probably from Dutch harpoen, from Middle Dutch, from Old French harpon, possibly from harpe, clamp, claw, from Latin harpa, sickle, from Greek harpē.]

har·poon′er n.

harpoon

(hɑːˈpuːn)
n
(Fishing)
a. a barbed missile attached to a long cord and hurled or fired from a gun when hunting whales, etc
b. (as modifier): a harpoon gun.
vb
(Fishing) (tr) to spear with or as if with a harpoon
[C17: probably from Dutch harpoen, from Old French harpon clasp, from harper to seize, perhaps of Scandinavian origin]
harˈpooner, ˌharpoonˈeer n
harˈpoon-ˌlike adj

har•poon

(hɑrˈpun)

n.
1. a barbed, spearlike missile attached to a rope, and thrown by hand or shot from a gun, used for killing and capturing whales and large fish.
v.t.
2. to strike, catch, or kill with or as if with a harpoon.
[1590–1600; < Dutch harpoen « Old French harpon a clasp, brooch]
har•poon′er, n.

harpoon


Past participle: harpooned
Gerund: harpooning

Imperative
harpoon
harpoon
Present
I harpoon
you harpoon
he/she/it harpoons
we harpoon
you harpoon
they harpoon
Preterite
I harpooned
you harpooned
he/she/it harpooned
we harpooned
you harpooned
they harpooned
Present Continuous
I am harpooning
you are harpooning
he/she/it is harpooning
we are harpooning
you are harpooning
they are harpooning
Present Perfect
I have harpooned
you have harpooned
he/she/it has harpooned
we have harpooned
you have harpooned
they have harpooned
Past Continuous
I was harpooning
you were harpooning
he/she/it was harpooning
we were harpooning
you were harpooning
they were harpooning
Past Perfect
I had harpooned
you had harpooned
he/she/it had harpooned
we had harpooned
you had harpooned
they had harpooned
Future
I will harpoon
you will harpoon
he/she/it will harpoon
we will harpoon
you will harpoon
they will harpoon
Future Perfect
I will have harpooned
you will have harpooned
he/she/it will have harpooned
we will have harpooned
you will have harpooned
they will have harpooned
Future Continuous
I will be harpooning
you will be harpooning
he/she/it will be harpooning
we will be harpooning
you will be harpooning
they will be harpooning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been harpooning
you have been harpooning
he/she/it has been harpooning
we have been harpooning
you have been harpooning
they have been harpooning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been harpooning
you will have been harpooning
he/she/it will have been harpooning
we will have been harpooning
you will have been harpooning
they will have been harpooning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been harpooning
you had been harpooning
he/she/it had been harpooning
we had been harpooning
you had been harpooning
they had been harpooning
Conditional
I would harpoon
you would harpoon
he/she/it would harpoon
we would harpoon
you would harpoon
they would harpoon
Past Conditional
I would have harpooned
you would have harpooned
he/she/it would have harpooned
we would have harpooned
you would have harpooned
they would have harpooned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.harpoon - a spear with a shaft and barbed point for throwingharpoon - a spear with a shaft and barbed point for throwing; used for catching large fish or whales; a strong line is attached to it
fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, tackle, rig - gear used in fishing
fluke - a barb on a harpoon or arrow
harpoon line - a strong rope for making the catch fast to the harpooner's boat
fishgig, fizgig, gig, lance, spear - an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish
Verb1.harpoon - spear with a harpoon; "harpoon whales"
grab, take hold of, catch - take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of; "Catch the ball!"; "Grab the elevator door!"

harpoon

noun spear, arrow, dart, barb, trident harpoon-wielding Japanese fishermen
Translations
حَرْبَهيَصْطاد أو يَطْعَن بالحَرْبَه
harpunaharpunovat
harpunharpunere
szigony
skutlaskutull
harpūnasnusmeigti harpūnusmeigti harpūnu
harpūnaharpunēt
chytať harpúnouharpúna
zıpkınzıpkınlamak

harpoon

[hɑːˈpuːn]
A. Narpón m
B. VTarponear

harpoon

[hɑːrˈpuːn]
nharpon m
vtharponner

harpoon

nHarpune f; harpoon gunHarpunenkanone f

harpoon

[hɑːˈpuːn]
1. narpione m
2. vtarpionare

harpoon

(haːˈpuːn) noun
a spear fastened to a rope, used especially for killing whales.
verb
to strike with a harpoon. He has harpooned the whale.
References in classic literature ?
And where but from Nantucket, too, did that first adventurous little sloop put forth, partly laden with imported cobble-stones --so goes the story --to throw at the whales, in order to discover when they were nigh enough to risk a harpoon from the bowsprit?
The severest pointed harpoon, the sharpest lance darted by the strongest human arm, impotently rebounds from it.
He went uninjured, too--I had the murderous impulse to harpoon him in the back with my alpenstock, but as I raised the weapon the disposition left me; I found I hadn't the heart to kill him, he was such a joyous, innocent, good-natured numbskull.
As to the ship's company, they desired nothing better than to meet the unicorn, to harpoon it, hoist it on board, and despatch it.
We possessed every known engine, from the harpoon thrown by the hand to the barbed arrows of the blunderbuss, and the explosive balls of the duck-gun.
Skill, coolness, audacity, and cunning he possessed in a superior degree, and it must be a cunning whale to escape the stroke of his harpoon.
A Gloucester swordfish-boat drifted alongside, a man in the little pulpit on the bowsprit flourishing his harpoon, his bare head plastered down with the wet.
When the dog found a hole the boy would build himself a little, low snow wall to keep off the worst of the bitter wind, and there he would wait ten, twelve, twenty hours for the seal to come up to breathe, his eyes glued to the tiny mark he had made above the hole to guide the downward thrust of his harpoon, a little seal-skin mat under his feet, and his legs tied together in the tutareang (the buckle that the old hunters had talked about).
The girl counted up the food in the sleigh; there was not more than two days' supply, and Kotuko looked over the iron heads and the deer-sinew fastenings of his harpoon and his seal-lance and his bird-dart.
One could not promenade without risking his neck; at one moment the bowsprit was taking a deadly aim at the sun in midheaven, and at the next it was trying to harpoon a shark in the bottom of the ocean.
Right through his broad breast a steel harpoon had been driven, and it had sunk deep into the wood of the wall behind him.
One was the harpoon with which the deed was committed.