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jave·lin

 (jăv′lĭn, jăv′ə-)
n.
1. A light spear thrown with the hand and used as a weapon.
2. Sports
a. A metal or metal-tipped spear thrown for distance in track and field competitions. The men's javelin is about 2.6 meters (8 1/2 feet) in length; the women's is about 2.2 meters (7 1/4 feet) in length.
b. The athletic field event in which a javelin is thrown.

[Middle English, from Old French javeline, diminutive of javelot, of Celtic origin.]

javelin

(ˈdʒævlɪn)
n
1. (Athletics (Track & Field)) a long pointed spear thrown as a weapon or in competitive field events
2. (Athletics (Track & Field)) the javelin the event or sport of throwing the javelin
[C16: from Old French javeline, variant of javelot, of Celtic origin]

jave•lin

(ˈdʒæv lɪn, ˈdʒæv ə-)

n.
1. a light spear, usu. thrown by hand.
2. a spearlike shaft about 8½ ft. (2.7 m) long and usu. made of wood, used in throwing for distance as a field event.
[1505–15; < Middle French javeline, alter. of javelot, Anglo-French gavelot, gaveloc, probably < Old English gafeluc, *gafeloc « British Celtic *gablākos a spear with a forklike head]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.javelin - an athletic competition in which a javelin is thrown as far as possiblejavelin - an athletic competition in which a javelin is thrown as far as possible
field event - a competition that takes place on a field rather than on a running track
2.javelin - a spear thrown as a weapon or in competitive field events
lance, spear, shaft - a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
sports equipment - equipment needed to participate in a particular sport
Translations
رُمْحٌرُمْح قَصير
oštěp
spyd
keihäs
koplje
spjót
投げ槍
pilumverutum
ietis
šķēps
kopje
spjutkastning
กีฬาพุ่งหลาว
cái lao

javelin

[ˈdʒævlɪn]
A. N
1. (= object) → jabalina f
to throw the javelinlanzar la jabalina
2. (= event) she won a gold medal in the javelinganó la medalla de oro en lanzamiento de jabalina
B. CPD javelin thrower Nlanzador(a) m/f de jabalina
javelin throwing Nlanzamiento m de jabalina

javelin

[ˈdʒævlɪn] n
(= object) → javelot m
(= event) the javelin → le lancer du javelotjavelin thrower [ˈθrəʊər] nlanceur/euse m/f de javelot

javelin

nSpeer m; in the javelin (Sport) → beim Speerwerfen; throwing the javelin, javelin throwingSpeerwerfen nt; javelin throwerSpeerwerfer(in) m(f)

javelin

[ˈdʒævlɪn] ngiavellotto
to throw the javelin (Sport) → lanciare il giavellotto
javelin throwing → lancio del giavellotto

javelin

(ˈdʒӕvəlin) noun
a light spear for throwing eg as an event in an athletic competition.

javelin

رُمْحٌ oštěp spyd Speer ακόντιο jabalina keihäs javelot koplje giavellotto 投げ槍 speer spyd oszczep dardo копье spjutkastning กีฬาพุ่งหลาว mızrak cái lao 标枪
References in classic literature ?
For in their succorless emptyhandedness, they, in the heathenish sharked waters, and by the beaches of unrecorded, javelin islands, battled with virgin wonders and terrors that Cooke with all his marines and muskets would not willingly have dared.
When he halted before the binnacle, with his glance fastened on the pointed needle in the compass, that glance shot like a javelin with the pointed intensity of his purpose; and when resuming his walk he again paused before the mainmast, then, as the same riveted glance fastened upon the riveted gold coin there, he still wore the same aspect of nailed firmness, only dashed with a certain wild longing, if not hopefulness.
The princess had a passion for music, and could sing and play upon all sorts of instruments she could also ride and drive as well as her brothers, shoot with a bow and arrow, and throw a javelin with the same skill as they, and sometimes even better.
Then Minerva came up to him disguised as a young shepherd of delicate and princely mien, with a good cloak folded double about her shoulders; she had sandals on her comely feet and held a javelin in her hand.
Then he took a pointed javelin, and left the camp for the ships, but he was not to return with any news for Hector.
With what apprehensions we proceeded, ignorant at what moment we might be greeted by the javelin of some ambushed savage.
The Jackal winced, though he was full three seasons old, but you cannot resent an insult from a person with a beak a yard long, and the power of driving it like a javelin.
The yellow men were armed with two swords, and a short javelin was slung across the back of each, while from their left arms hung cuplike shields no larger than a dinner plate, the concave sides of which turned outward toward an antagonist.
Presently the man, whom we rightly guessed to be the king, raised the great javelin in his hand.
Celia was inwardly frightened, and ready to run away, now she had hurled this light javelin.
I was among the wounded, having been struck by a javelin, or spear, while I was passing from one tent to another.
Did you never hear that he made his son Cleophantus a famous horseman; and had him taught to stand upright on horseback and hurl a javelin, and to do many other marvellous things; and in anything which could be learned from a master he was well trained?