Definitions for: Spear


[n] a long pointed rod used as a weapon
[n] an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish
[v] pierce with a spear; "spear fish"
[v] thrust up like a spear; "The branch speared up into the air"



Webster (1913) Definition: Spear, n. [OE. spere, AS. spere; akin to D. & G. speer,
OS. & OHS. sper, Icel. spj["o]r, pl., Dan. sp[ae]r, L.
sparus.]
1. 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.

Note: [See Illust. of Spearhead.] ``A sharp ground spear.''
--Chaucer.

They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and
their spears into pruning hooks. --Micah iv. 3.

2. Fig.: A spearman. --Sir W. Scott.

3. A sharp-pointed instrument with barbs, used for stabbing
fish and other animals.

4. A shoot, as of grass; a spire.

5. The feather of a horse. See Feather, n., 4.

6. The rod to which the bucket, or plunger, of a pump is
attached; a pump rod.

Spear foot, the off hind foot of a horse.

Spear grass. (Bot.)
(a) The common reed. See Reed, n., 1.
(b) meadow grass. See under Meadow.

Spear hand, the hand in which a horseman holds a spear; the
right hand. --Crabb.

Spear side, the male line of a family. --Lowell.

Spear thistle (Bot.), the common thistle ({Cnicus
lanceolatus}).


Spear, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Speared; p. pr. & vb. n.
Spearing.]
To pierce with a spear; to kill with a spear; as, to spear a
fish.


Spear, v. i.
To shoot into a long stem, as some plants. See Spire.
--Mortimer.

Synonyms: fishgig, fizgig, gig, lance, shaft, spear up

See Also: arm, assagai, assegai, barb, empale, fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, harpoon, impale, implement, javelin, jut, jut out, leister, project, protrude, rig, spearhead, spearpoint, spike, stick out, tackle, transfix, trident, weapon, weapon system

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