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ˈdʒæv lɪn, ˈdʒæv ə-javelin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. javelinnoun

    an athletic competition in which a javelin is thrown as far as possible

  2. javelinnoun

    a spear thrown as a weapon or in competitive field events


  1. Javelinnoun

    (Sport) A wooden shaft resembling a spear, thrown by contestants in a contest called the javelin throw; the one throwing the javelin furthest wins the contest. The javelin throw is one of the field events of the modern Olympic Games.


  1. javelinnoun

    A light spear thrown with the hand and used as a weapon.

  2. javelinnoun

    A metal-tipped spear thrown for distance in an athletic field event.

  3. Etymology: from javelline, diminutive of javelot, from *gablakko- (Old Irish gabul, Welsh gafl).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Javelinnoun

    a sort of light spear, to be thrown or cast by thew hand; anciently, a weapon of war used by horsemen and foot soldiers; now used chiefly in hunting the wild boar and other fierce game

  2. Javelinverb

    to pierce with a javelin

  3. Etymology: [F. javeline; akin to Sp. jabalina, It. giavelina, and F. javelot, OF. gavlot. Cf. Gavelock.]


  1. Javelin

    A javelin is a light spear designed primarily to be thrown, historically as a ranged weapon, but today predominantly for sport. The javelin is almost always thrown by hand, unlike the bow and arrow and slingshot, which shoot projectiles from a mechanism. However, hurling devices do exist to assist the javelin thrower in achieving greater distance. The word javeline comes from Middle English and it derives from Old French javelin, a diminutive of javelot which meant spear. The word javelot probably originated from one of the Celtic languages.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Javelin

    jav′lin, n. a spear meant to be hurled, anciently used by both infantry and cavalry. [O. Fr. javelin; prob. Celt.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. javelin

    (Lat. pilum). A short and light spear used for darting against an enemy. In the ancient Roman legions, the first and second lines were armed with them, and in those days they were considered excellent offensive weapons.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of javelin in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of javelin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of javelin in a Sentence

  1. Julius Yego:

    Everybody thinks I should win a medal, Kenya's first javelin medal in Rio. Even Julius Yego, I think I will do it. I have a feeling that I will do it, rio is three months away and I am looking forward to a good build up. I am well ahead of my schedule, almost 60 percent fit at the moment, and obviously better than this time last year.

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