Definitions of spear

  1. an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish
  2. a long pointed rod used as a weapon
  3. thrust up like a spear; " The branch speared up into the air"
  4. pierce with a spear; " spear fish"
  5. A long, pointed weapon, used in war and hunting, by thrusting or throwing; a weapon with a long shaft and a sharp head or blade; a lance.
  6. Fig.: A spearman.
  7. A sharp- pointed instrument with barbs, used for stabbing fish and other animals.
  8. A shoot, as of grass; a spire.
  9. The feather of a horse. See Feather, n., 4.
  10. The rod to which the bucket, or plunger, of a pump is attached; a pump rod.
  11. To pierce with a spear; to kill with a spear; as, to spear a fish.
  12. To shoot into a long stem, as some plants. See Spire.
  13. A weapon with a pointed metal head on a long shaft, used for thrusting or throwing; a lance; an instrument with barbed prongs for catching fish; a shoot, as of grass.
  14. To pierce, or kill, with a long, pointed weapon.
  15. A long weapon used in war and hunting, made of a pole pointed with iron: a lance with barbed prongs used for catching fish.
  16. To pierce or kill with a spear.
  17. To pierce with a spear.
  18. Weapon consisting of a pole pointed with iron.
  19. To send forth spires, as a plant.
  20. A weapon for throwing or thrusting, consisting of a pointed head on a long shaft.
  21. A spire, as of grass.
  22. A long pointed weapon; a lance; a large pointed instrument with barbs, used for stabbing fish and other animals; a shoot, as of grass.
  23. To shoot into a long stem.
  24. A sharp- pointed weapon, variously shaped, with a long wooden shaft; a lance.

Usage examples for spear

  1. In a few minutes she came back, bringing with her a long spear. – The Boy Hunters by Captain Mayne Reid
  2. Spear- heads of mulga wood. – Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1 by Ernest Giles
  3. Or perhaps it was a spear or a knife that struck me in the eye, I do not know. – Allan and the Holy Flower by H. Rider Haggard
  4. Burl hung on desperately to the end of his spear. – The Mad Planet by Murray Leinster
  5. Take a spear, Bangu, and we will fight." – Child of Storm by H. Rider Haggard
  6. This giant soldier carried a great spear and shield. – The Beacon Second Reader by James H. Fassett
  7. Its type is the first spear of grass. – Birds and Poets by John Burroughs
  8. Suddenly, as we came upon him, he seemed in no way alarmed; but, jumping up, he seized his spear and throwing- stick which lay on the ground at his side. – Adventures in Australia by W.H.G. Kingston
  9. So he being struck by the spear- point fulfilled the saying of the dream. – The History Of Herodotus Volume 1(of 2) by Herodotus
  10. Teunis had to get his majesty's meals, and nothing was ever cooked right; and then the royal army got after the steward with spear handles. – Cape Cod Stories The Old Home House by Joseph C. Lincoln
  11. " I will promise thee," said he, " to yield to him, if he promise to do me no harm; but if he refuse, I will release myself with my sword and spear." – The Legends Of King Arthur And His Knights by James Knowles
  12. I had seen, too, a spear flash across the space of open water and cut down one of the men. – The Mutineers by Charles Boardman Hawes
  13. " Defend thee, then," cried out Sir Tristram, and came upon him swiftly with his spear in rest. – The Legends Of King Arthur And His Knights by James Knowles
  14. It was evidently the intention of the natives to run him out and then spear him to death- but an unexpected happening put an end to this method of elephant hunting. – The Boy Aviators in Africa by Captain Wilbur Lawton
  15. If men are needed, each man is ready and each spear is waiting. – The Flute of the Gods by Marah Ellis Ryan
  16. All a time that boy sing out, 'Pull out spear. – The Confessions of a Beachcomber by E J Banfield
  17. Revenge is stamped upon my spear, And blood my battle- cry! – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  18. And do ye know what is the spear that I demanded? – The High Deeds of Finn and other Bardic Romances of Ancient Ireland by T. W. Rolleston
  19. Then Athene came near to the old man, and said, " Laertes, pray thou first to Athene and Father Zeus, and then cast thy spear." – The Story Of The Odyssey by The Rev. Alfred J. Church
  20. Beyond the door the passage ran straight as a war spear, and it soon became evident to the ape- man that it had already led him beyond the outer walls of the temple. – The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs