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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 ?
Each of them bore at his saddle-bow a bundle of darts or javelins, about four feet in length, having sharp steel heads, a weapon much in use among the Saracens, and of which the memory is yet preserved in the martial exercise called El Jerrid, still practised in the Eastern countries.
Both used their javelins with such skill that, directly they arrived within striking range, the lion and the bear fell, pierced through and through.
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:
They say--do these hoary traditions--that when Titus sacked Jerusalem and slaughtered eleven hundred thousand Jews in her streets and by-ways, the Wandering Jew was seen always in the thickest of the fight, and that when battle-axes gleamed in the air, he bowed his head beneath them; when swords flashed their deadly lightnings, he sprang in their way; he bared his breast to whizzing javelins, to hissing arrows, to any and to every weapon that promised death and forgetfulness, and rest.
The moat, widened and deepened, completely encircled three sides of the castle, running between the inner and outer walls, which were set at intervals with small projecting towers so pierced that a flanking fire from long bows, cross bows and javelins might be directed against a scaling party.
In the open plain clouds of light horse galloped and swooped with swaying bodies and waving javelins, after the fashion which the Spanish had adopted from their Moorish enemies.
When you go there you must not carry your weapons with you; and if they come into that space they stick up their javelins and lances all at the first poles, and come on unarmed; but if any violence is offered them, and the truce thereby broken, away they run to the poles, and lay hold of their weapons, and the truce is at an end.
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.
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.