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Princeton's WordNet

  1. harpoon(verb)

    a spear with a shaft and barbed point for throwing; used for catching large fish or whales; a strong line is attached to it

  2. harpoon(verb)

    spear with a harpoon

    "harpoon whales"


  1. harpoon(Noun)

    A spearlike weapon with a barbed head used in hunting whales and large fish.

  2. harpoon(Noun)

    A harmonica.

  3. harpoon(Verb)

    To hunt something with a harpoon.

  4. Origin: From harpon, from harpaga, from ἁρπάγη, from ἁρπάζω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harpoon(noun)

    a spear or javelin used to strike and kill large fish, as whales; a harping iron. It consists of a long shank, with a broad, fiat, triangular head, sharpened at both edges, and is thrown by hand, or discharged from a gun

  2. Harpoon(verb)

    to strike, catch, or kill with a harpoon

  3. Origin: [F. harpon, LL. harpo, perh. of Ger. origin, fr. the harp; cf. F. harper to take and grasp strongly, harpe a dog's claw, harpin boathook (the sense of hook coming from the shape of the harp); but cf. also Gr. "a`rph the kite, sickle, and E. harpy. Cf. Harp.]


  1. Harpoon

    A harpoon is a long spear-like instrument used in fishing to catch fish or large marine mammals such as whales. It accomplishes this task by impaling the target animal, allowing the fishermen to use a rope or chain attached to the butt of the projectile to catch the animal. A harpoon can also be used as a weapon.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Harpoon

    här-pōōn′, n. a dart for striking and killing whales.—v.t. to strike with the harpoon.—ns. Harpoon′er, Harpooneer′, one who uses a harpoon; Harpoon′-gun, a gun from which a harpoon or toggle-iron may be discharged. [Fr. harponharpe, a clamp—L. harpa, Gr. harpē, sickle.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. harpoon

    A spear or javelin with a barbed point, used to strike whales and other fish. The harpoon is furnished with a long shank, and has at one end a broad and flat triangular head, sharpened at both edges so as to penetrate the whale with facility, but blunt behind to prevent its cutting out. To the other end a fore-ganger is bent, to which is fastened a long cord called the whale-line, which lies carefully coiled in the boat in such a manner as to run out without being interrupted or entangled. Several coils, each 130 fathoms of whale-line (soft laid and of clean silky fibre) are in readiness; the instant the whale is struck the men cant the oars, so that the roll may not immerse them in the water. The line, which has a turn round the bollard, flies like lightning, and is intensely watched. One man pours water on the smoking bollard, another is ready with a sharp axe to cut, and the others see that the lines run free. Seven or eight coils have been run out before the whale "sounds," or strikes bottom, when he rises again to breathe, and probably gets a similar dose.--Gun harpoon. A weapon used for the same purpose as the preceding, but it is fired out of a gun, instead of being thrown by hand; it is made entirely of steel, and has a chain or long shackle attached to it, to which the whale-line is fastened. Greener's harpoon-gun is a kind of wall-piece fixed in a crutch, which steps into the bow-bollard of the whale-boat. The harpoon projects about four inches beyond the muzzle. It consists of its barbed point attached to a long link, with a solid button at its opposite end to fit the gun; on one rod of this link is a ring which runs to the muzzle, and is there attached to the whale-line by a thong of seal or walrus hide, wet. The gun being fired, the harpoon is projected, the ring sliding up to the button, when the line follows. Some of these harpoons or other engines have grenades--glass globules with prussic acid or other chemicals--which sicken the whale instantly, and little trouble ensues.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of harpoon in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of harpoon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of harpoon in a Sentence

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