from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A weapon consisting of a long shaft with a sharply pointed end.
- n. A shaft with a sharp point and barbs for spearing fish.
- n. A soldier armed with a spear.
- transitive v. To pierce with or as if with a spear.
- transitive v. To catch with a thrust of the arm: spear a football.
- transitive v. Football To block (an opponent) by ramming with the helmet, in violation of the rules.
- transitive v. Sports To jab (an opponent) with the blade of a hockey stick, in violation of the rules.
- intransitive v. To stab at something with or as if with a spear.
- n. A slender stalk, as of asparagus.
- intransitive v. To sprout like a spear.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long stick with a sharp tip used as a weapon for throwing or thrusting, or anything used to make a thrusting motion.
- n. A soldier armed with such a weapon; a spearman.
- n. A sharp tool used by fishermen to retrieve fish.
- n. an illegal maneuver using the end of a hockey stick to strike into another hockey player.
- n. a running tackle on an opponent performed in professional wrestling.
- n. A long, thin strip from a vegetable.
- v. 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.
- v. To shoot into a long stem, as some plants do.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Fig.: A spearman.
- n. A sharp-pointed instrument with barbs, used for stabbing fish and other animals.
- n. A shoot, as of grass; a spire.
- n. The feather of a horse. See Feather, n., 4.
- n. The rod to which the bucket, or plunger, of a pump is attached; a pump rod.
- transitive v. To pierce with a spear; to kill with a spear.
- intransitive v. To shoot into a long stem, as some plants. See spire.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A weapon consisting of a penetrating head attached to a long shaft of wood, designed to be thrust by or launched from the hand at an enemy or at game.
- n. A man armed with a spear; a spearman.
- n. A sharp-pointed instrument with barbed tines, generally three or four, used for stabbing fish and other animals; a fish-gig.
- n. An instrument like or suggestive of an actual spear, as some articles of domestic or mechanical use, one of the long pieces fixed transversely to the beam or body of chevaux-de-frise, in some parts of England a bee's sting, etc.
- n. One of the pieces of timber which together form the main rod of the Cornish pumping-engine.
- n. The feather of a horse. Also called the streak of the spear.
- n. A spire: now used only of the stalks of grasses: as, a spear of wheat.
- To pierce or strike with a spear or similar weapon: as, to spear fish.
- To shoot into a long stem; germinate, as barley. See spire.
- An obsolete form of speer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
- v. pierce with a spear
- v. thrust up like a spear
- n. an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish
Middle English spere, from Old English.
Alteration of spire1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English spere, from Proto-Germanic *speri (compare Dutch speer, German Speer, Old Norse spjör), from *sparron (compare Middle Dutch sparre ("rafter"), Old Norse sparri ("spar, rafter"), sperra ("rafter, beam")), from Proto-Indo-European *spar- (compare Latin sparus ("short spear"), Albanian ferrë ("thorn, thornbush")). (Wiktionary)