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Definition of "spear" []

  • A weapon consisting of a long shaft with a sharply pointed end. (noun)
  • A shaft with a sharp point and barbs for spearing fish. (noun)
  • A soldier armed with a spear. (noun)
  • To pierce with or as if with a spear. (verb-transitive)
  • To catch with a thrust of the arm: spear a football. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "spear" in a sentence
  • "This hungry bird gives another meaning to the term spear fishing - as she turns her unlucky prey into a fish kebab."
  • "His neck resembles an Easter ham and his spear is the size of a telephone pole."
  • "An 'the blacksmith made him what he called a spear-head."