Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A short spear; a half-lance.

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Examples

  • "On one side of this dell, and nearest to the spring at the foot of it, lies a young woman, about seventeen years of age, sobbing and partly supported by her mother, in the midst of wailing, weeping, women; she has been twice speared in the right breast with a jagged hand-spear by her brother, and is supposed to be dying."

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  • More silent seemed the son of Ecglaf {14a} in boastful speech of his battle-deeds, since athelings all, through the earl's great prowess, beheld that hand, on the high roof gazing, foeman's fingers, -- the forepart of each of the sturdy nails to steel was likest, -- heathen's "hand-spear," hostile warrior's claw uncanny.

    Beowulf

  • The biggest excitement on Bequia are the whales: every year the island is allowed to catch four, which they hand-spear from tiny fishing boats using wooden harpoons, and haul on to a designated platform in the middle of Friendship Bay.

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  • More silent seemed the son of Ecglaf 40 in boastful speech of his battle-deeds, since athelings all, through the earl’s great prowess, beheld that hand, on the high roof gazing, foeman’s fingers, — the forepart of each of the sturdy nails to steel was likest, — heathen’s “hand-spear,” hostile warrior’s claw uncanny.

    Beowulf, translated by Francis Gummere

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