What does spear mean?

Definitions for spear
spɪərspear

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word spear.

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"

Wiktionary

  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.

    Etymology: 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' ).

  2. spear(Noun)

    A sharp tool used by fishermen to retrieve fish.

    Etymology: 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' ).

  3. spear(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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' ).

  4. spear(Noun)

    a running tackle on an opponent performed in professional wrestling.

    Etymology: 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' ).

  5. spear(Noun)

    A long, thin strip from a vegetable.

    asparagus and broccoli spears

    Etymology: 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' ).

  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.

    Etymology: 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

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

  2. Spear(noun)

    fig.: A spearman

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

  3. Spear(noun)

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

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

  4. Spear(noun)

    a shoot, as of grass; a spire

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

  5. Spear(noun)

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

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

  6. Spear(noun)

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

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

  7. Spear(verb)

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

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

  8. Spear(verb)

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

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

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Ed Rendell:

    The Clinton Foundation reportedly hired an outside cyber security company to look at its servers after possibly being hacked. Two sources familiar with the situationtold Reuterson Wednesday that no files from Hillary and Bill Clinton’s organization have surfaced in the public. One of the sources and two other U.S. security officials told the news agency that the hackers appeared to have used ‘spear phishing’ techniques to get access to the foundation’s systems.

  2. Donald Trump:

    Together you are the tip of the spear, the edge of the blade and the front of the shield defending and protecting our great country, you know there is no mission our pilots can't handle. There is no hill our marines can't take and there is no stronghold the SEALs can't breach. There is no sea the Navy can't brave and there is no storm the American sailor can't conquer. You know that together there is nothing Americans can't do. Absolutely nothing.

  3. James Scott:

    A Nation State or Cyber-Mercenary won’t hack e-voting machines one by one. This takes too long and will have minimal impact. Instead, they’ll take an easier approach like spear phishing the manufacturer with malware and poison the voting machine update pre-election and allow the manufacturer to update each individual machine with a self-deleting payload that will target the tabulation process.

  4. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Courage is the spear of destiny.

  5. Simon Taylor:

    This database will be a rich source of information for the bad guys to create very compelling, targeted spear phishing attacks and increases the likelihood of recipients opening email attachments, which renders them, and their respective organizations, highly exposed to attack.

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