What does Spear mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spear, lance, shaft(noun)

    a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon

  2. spear, gig, fizgig, fishgig, lance(verb)

    an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish

  3. spear(verb)

    pierce with a spear

    "spear fish"

  4. spear, spear up(verb)

    thrust up like a spear

    "The branch speared up into the air"


  1. spear(Noun)

    A long stick with a sharp tip used as a weapon for throwing or thrusting, or anything used to make a thrusting motion.

  2. spear(Noun)

    A sharp tool used by fishermen to retrieve fish.

  3. spear(Noun)

    an illegal maneuver using the end of a hockey stick to strike into another hockey player

  4. spear(Noun)

    a running tackle on an opponent performed in professional wrestling.

  5. spear(Noun)

    A long, thin strip from a vegetable.

    asparagus and broccoli spears

  6. spear(Verb)

    To penetrate or strike with, or as if with, any long narrow object. To make a thrusting motion that catches an object on the tip of a long device.

  7. Origin: spere, from *speri (compare / speer, spjör), from *sparron (compare sparre 'rafter', sparri 'spar, rafter', sperra 'rafter, beam'), from *spar- (compare sparus 'short spear', ferrë 'thorn, thornbush' ).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spear(noun)

    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

  2. Spear(noun)

    fig.: A spearman

  3. Spear(noun)

    a sharp-pointed instrument with barbs, used for stabbing fish and other animals

  4. Spear(noun)

    a shoot, as of grass; a spire

  5. Spear(noun)

    the feather of a horse. See Feather, n., 4

  6. Spear(noun)

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

  7. Spear(verb)

    to pierce with a spear; to kill with a spear; as, to spear a fish

  8. Spear(verb)

    to shoot into a long stem, as some plants. See Spire

  9. Origin: [OE. spere, AS. spere; akin to D. & G. speer, OS. & OHS. sper, Icel. spjr, pl., Dan. spaer, L. sparus.]


  1. Spear

    A spear is a pole weapon consisting of a shaft, usually of wood, with a pointed head. The head may be simply the sharpened end of the shaft itself, as is the case with bamboo spears, or it may be made of a more durable material fastened to the shaft, such as flint, obsidian, iron, steel or bronze. The most common design for hunting or combat spears since ancient times has incorporated a metal spearhead shaped like a triangle, lozenge or leaf. The heads of fishing spears usually feature barbs or serrated edges. Spears can be divided into two broad categories: those designed for thrusting in melee combat and those designed for throwing. The spear has been used throughout human history both as a hunting and fishing tool and as a weapon. As a weapon, it may wielded with either one hand or two. It was used in virtually every conflict up until the modern era and was most likely the most commonly used weapon.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spear

    spēr, n. a long weapon used in war and hunting, made of a pole pointed with iron: a lance with barbed prongs used for catching fish.—v.t. to pierce or kill with a spear.—ns. Spear′-fish, a kind of carp-sucker—also Sail-fish and Skimback: the bill-fish, a histiophoroid fish related to the swordfish; Spear′-foot, the off or right hind-foot of a horse; Spear′-grass, a name applied to various grasses, esp. those known as meadow-grass, the Kentucky blue-grass: either of two New Zealand plants of the parsley family with long spinous leaflets; Spear′-head, the iron point of a spear; Spear′-lil′y, a plant of one of the species of the Australian genus Doryanthes of the Amaryllideæ, with sword-shaped leaves; Spear′man, a man armed with a spear; Spear′mint, the common garden-mint; Spear′-this′tle, the common thistle; Spear′-wood, one of two Australian trees whose wood makes good spear-shafts; Spear′-wort, the name of several species of Ranunculus with lance-shaped leaves. [A.S. spere; Ger. speer, L. sparus; cf. Spar.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. spear

    A lance or long weapon with a sharp point, formerly used as a manual or missile weapon. Pliny ascribes the invention of the spear to the Etolians. The spear of the Greeks was generally of ash, with a leaf-shaped head of metal, and furnished with a pointed ferrule at the butt, with which it was stuck in the ground; a method used, according to Homer, when the troops rested on their arms, or slept upon their shields. The cross spear-heads of the Britons were all pyramidal, narrowing at the base. The heads of the Anglo-Saxon spears were exceedingly long, and sometimes dreadfully barbed.

Anagrams for Spear »

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  2. apers, as per, pares, parse, pears, rapes, reaps, spare

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  9. Rapes

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Spear in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Spear in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Spear in a Sentence

  1. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Courage is the spear of destiny.

  2. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Love has no spear but conquers hearts.

  3. Alan Clemmons:

    I see Jews at the point of the hate spear in this country.

  4. Luke Sisinni:

    He said it spun around and started coming for him, so he stabbed it with his spear to try and scare it off, but it just went ballistic and bit him.

  5. William Evanina:

    The harm can range from negligence, such as failing to secure data or clicking on a spear-phishing link, to malicious activities like theft, sabotage, espionage, unauthorized disclosure of classified information or even violence.

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