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spear 1

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
1. To pierce with a spear or other sharp object.
2. To catch with a thrust of the arm: spear a grounder.
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.
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

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

[Alteration of spire.]
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resembling a spear
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