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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 ?
The foremost guardsman made a vicious lunge for my side with his hook after the three of them had backed me against the wall, but as I sidestepped and raised my arm his weapon but grazed my side, passing into a rack of javelins, where it became entangled.
The yellow men were battering at the door with javelins and axes.
With javelins snatched from the wall he wrought havoc among the foremost of the Okarians while we battled with the insensate metal that stood between our fellows and freedom.
With them there came also two men on horseback and two on foot; those on horseback with wheel-lock muskets, those on foot with javelins and swords, and as soon as Sancho saw them he said:
The other guards stood thunderstruck and amazed at this unexpected event, but recovering presence of mind, those on horseback seized their swords, and those on foot their javelins, and attacked Don Quixote, who was waiting for them with great calmness; and no doubt it would have gone badly with him if the galley slaves, seeing the chance before them of liberating themselves, had not effected it by contriving to break the chain on which they were strung.
My delight was in ships, fighting, javelins, and arrows--things that most men shudder to think of; but one man likes one thing and another another, and this was what I was most naturally inclined to.
He also took the skin of a large and well fed goat, and a javelin in case of attack from men or dogs.
But I will be avenged,'' he added, starting from his char in impatience at the supposed injury, and catching hold of his boar-spear; ``I will go with my complaint to the great council; I have friends, I have followers man to man will I appeal the Norman to the lists; let him come in his plate and his mail, and all that can render cowardice bold; I have sent such a javelin as this through a stronger fence than three of their war shields
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.
In a short time I had descended nearly a third of the distance, and the savages had ceased their cries, when suddenly a terrific howl burst upon my ear, and at the same moment a heavy javelin darted past me as I fled, and stuck quivering in a tree close to me.
I was among the wounded, having been struck by a javelin, or spear, while I was passing from one tent to another.
Then the son of Peleus brought in a spear and a cauldron that had never been on the fire; it was worth an ox, and was chased with a pattern of flowers; and those that throw the javelin stood up--to wit the son of Atreus, king of men Agamemnon, and Meriones, stalwart squire of Idomeneus.