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spear 1

 (spîr)
n.
1. A weapon consisting of a long shaft with a sharply pointed end.
2. A shaft with a sharp point and barbs for spearing fish.
3. A soldier armed with a spear.
v. speared, spear·ing, spears
v.tr.
1. To pierce with a spear or other sharp object.
2. To catch with a thrust of the arm: spear a grounder.
3.
a. Football To block (an opponent) by ramming with the helmet, in violation of the rules.
b. Sports To jab (an opponent) with the blade of a hockey stick, in violation of the rules.
v.intr.
To stab at something with a spear or other sharp object.

[Middle English spere, from Old English.]

spear′er n.
spear′like′ adj.

spear 2

 (spîr)
n.
A slender stalk, as of asparagus.
intr.v. speared, spear·ing, spears
To sprout like a spear.

[Alteration of spire.]

spear

(spɪə)
n
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a weapon consisting of a long shaft with a sharp pointed end of metal, stone, or wood that may be thrown or thrust
2. (Fishing) a similar implement used to catch fish
3. (Military) another name for spearman
vb
to pierce (something) with or as if with a spear
[Old English spere; related to Old Norse spjör spears, Greek sparos gilthead]
ˈspearer n

spear

(spɪə)
n
(Botany) a shoot, slender stalk, or blade, as of grass, asparagus, or broccoli
[C16: probably variant of spire1, influenced by spear1]

spear1

(spɪər)

n.
1. a weapon consisting of a long wooden shaft to which a sharp-pointed head, as of metal or stone, is attached.
2. a similar weapon or stabbing implement, as one for use in fishing.
3. the act of spearing.
adj.
5. of or pertaining to the spear side.
v.t.
6. to pierce with or as if with a spear.
v.i.
7. to go or penetrate like a spear.
[before 900; Middle English (n.), Old English spere, c. Old Frisian spiri, spere, Old Saxon, Old High German sper, Old Norse (pl.) spjǫr]

spear2

(spɪər)

n.
1. a sprout or shoot of a plant, as a blade of grass.
v.i.
2. to sprout; shoot; rise up in a spear or spears.
[1520–30; variant of spire1, perhaps influenced by spear1]

spear

- The sting of a reptile or insect.
See also related terms for reptile.

spear


Past participle: speared
Gerund: spearing

Imperative
spear
spear
Present
I spear
you spear
he/she/it spears
we spear
you spear
they spear
Preterite
I speared
you speared
he/she/it speared
we speared
you speared
they speared
Present Continuous
I am spearing
you are spearing
he/she/it is spearing
we are spearing
you are spearing
they are spearing
Present Perfect
I have speared
you have speared
he/she/it has speared
we have speared
you have speared
they have speared
Past Continuous
I was spearing
you were spearing
he/she/it was spearing
we were spearing
you were spearing
they were spearing
Past Perfect
I had speared
you had speared
he/she/it had speared
we had speared
you had speared
they had speared
Future
I will spear
you will spear
he/she/it will spear
we will spear
you will spear
they will spear
Future Perfect
I will have speared
you will have speared
he/she/it will have speared
we will have speared
you will have speared
they will have speared
Future Continuous
I will be spearing
you will be spearing
he/she/it will be spearing
we will be spearing
you will be spearing
they will be spearing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been spearing
you have been spearing
he/she/it has been spearing
we have been spearing
you have been spearing
they have been spearing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been spearing
you will have been spearing
he/she/it will have been spearing
we will have been spearing
you will have been spearing
they will have been spearing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been spearing
you had been spearing
he/she/it had been spearing
we had been spearing
you had been spearing
they had been spearing
Conditional
I would spear
you would spear
he/she/it would spear
we would spear
you would spear
they would spear
Past Conditional
I would have speared
you would have speared
he/she/it would have speared
we would have speared
you would have speared
they would have speared

Spear

A term sometimes used instead of Pole cap.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Spear - a long pointed rod used as a tool or weaponspear - a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
assagai, assegai - the slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africa
barb - a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove
javelin - a spear thrown as a weapon or in competitive field events
spearpoint, spear-point, spearhead - the head and sharpened point of a spear
trident - a spear with three prongs
weapon, weapon system, arm - any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting; "he was licensed to carry a weapon"
2.spear - an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish
fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, tackle, rig - gear used in fishing
harpoon - a spear with a shaft and barbed point for throwing; used for catching large fish or whales; a strong line is attached to it
implement - instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
leister - a spear with three or more prongs; used for spearing fish (especially salmon)
Verb1.spear - pierce with a spear; "spear fish"
empale, impale, spike, transfix - pierce with a sharp stake or point; "impale a shrimp on a skewer"
2.spear - thrust up like a spear; "The branch speared up into the air"
jut, jut out, protrude, stick out, project - extend out or project in space; "His sharp nose jutted out"; "A single rock sticks out from the cliff"

spear

verb gore, pierce, lance, bayonet, impale A police officer was speared to death.
Translations
رُمْح، حَرْبَهيَقْتُل بالرُّمْح أو الحَرْبَه
kopíoštěpharpunovat
spydspidde
oda
dárdalándzsaszigony
spjótveiîa/stinga meî spjóti
nudurtižeberklas
nodurtšķēpsuzdurtžebērklis
vrhnúť harpúnu
sulica
mızrakmızrakla vurmakkargı

spear

[spɪəʳ]
A. N (gen) → lanza f; (= harpoon) → arpón m
B. VT
1. (with spear) → alancear, herir con lanza; (with harpoon) → arponear
2. (fig) → atravesar, pinchar
he speared a potato with his forkatravesó or pinchó una patata con el tenedor

spear

[ˈspɪər]
n
(= weapon) → lance f
[asparagus] → pointe f; [broccoli] → tête f
vt
to spear fish → pêcher au harpon
They were spearing fish in the river → Ils pêchaient au harpon dans la rivière.
to spear a piece of meat with a fork → enfoncer une fourchette dans un morceau de viandespear gun nfusil m sous-marin

spear

nSpeer m; (= leaf)Lanzettenblatt nt; (of grass)Halm m; (of grain)Keim m; broccoli spearsBrokkoliköpfe pl; asparagus spearsStangen plSpargel
vtaufspießen; (= wound, kill)durchbohren; (= catch with spear)mit Speeren fangen; he speared him through the armer durchbohrte ihm den Arm; he speared the meat with his forker spießte das Fleisch auf die Gabel

spear

:
spear carrier
n
(Theat) → Statist(in) m(f)
(pej = henchman) → Handlanger(in) m(f) (pej)
spearhead
n
(of spear)Speerspitze f; (Mil) → Angriffsspitze f
(fig: = thing) → Bahnbrecher m(of für); (= person)Bahnbrecher(in) m(f)(of für)
vt (lit, fig)anführen
spearman
nSpeerträger m
spearmint
n (= plant, flavour)Grüne Minze; spear chewing gumSpearmintkaugummi m

spear

[spɪəʳ] nlancia

spear

(spiə) noun
a type of long-handled weapon, usually with an iron or steel point on the end. He was armed with a spear and a round shield.
verb
to pierce or kill with a spear. He went out in a boat and speared some fish.
ˈspearhead noun
the leading part of an attacking force.
verb
to lead (a movement, an attack etc).
References in classic literature ?
Why, Spear," he exclaimed, "always took in a bunch of them for his mother.
Thus, a blazing spear, a sword of flame, a bow, or a sheaf of arrows seen in the midnight sky, prefigured Indian warfare.
Very shy; always going solitary; unexpectedly rising to the surface in the remotest and most sullen waters; his straight and single lofty jet rising like a tall misanthropic spear upon a barren plain; gifted with such wondrous power and velocity in swimming, as to defy all present pursuit from man; this leviathan seems the banished and unconquerable Cain of his race, bearing for his mark that style upon his back.
The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold, the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon: he esteemeth iron as straw; the arrow cannot make him flee; darts are counted as stubble; he laugheth at the shaking of a spear
Now what does this man do but fall back a couple of hundred yards and then come rushing at me as hard as he could tear, with his nail-keg bent down nearly to his horse's neck and his long spear pointed straight ahead.
Out of compassion, then, a decent spear was offered him, but he declined, and said, "spears were useless to men of science.
I wish to be a better man than I have been, than I am; as Job's leviathan broke the spear, the dart, and the habergeon, hindrances which others count as iron and brass, I will esteem but straw and rotten wood.
Respectin' a future spear o' life, miss," returned Mr.
You stabbed him with a little spear, and he fell down and grew small again; he fell down and cursed you.
Had not the rifle of the leader of the party swung from its fastenings beside his saddle in such a way as to strike against the butt of his great metal shod spear I should have snuffed out without ever knowing that death was near me.
In his hand was a long spear, down his back hung an oblong shield such as the black warriors who had attacked them had worn, and upon ankle and arm were bands of iron and brass, while a loin cloth was twisted about the youth's middle.
166} The suitors were in an uproar when they saw that a man had been hit; they sprang in dismay one and all of them from their seats and looked everywhere towards the walls, but there was neither shield nor spear, and they rebuked Ulysses very angrily.