Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several large game fishes of the genera Makaira and Tetrapturus of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, having an elongated, spearlike upper jaw.
  • n. Variant of marline.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A game fish having a pointed spearlike upper jaw belonging to either of the genera Tetrapturus or Makaira.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The American great marbled godwit (Limosa fedoa). Applied also to the red-breasted godwit (Limosa hæmatica).
  • n. Any of several marine billfishes of the genera Makaira and Tetrapturus, popular as game in sport fishing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A godwit or a curlew.
  • n. The great marbled god wit, Limosa fedoa: more fully called horsefoot, common, brawn, and red marlin. See cut under godwit.
  • n. The Hudsonian godwit, Limosa hœmastica, distinguished in some localities as the ring-tailed, white-tailed, or field marlin.
  • n. The Hudsonian curlew, Numenius hudsonieus: more fully called crooked-billed, hook-billed, and horsefoot marlin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large long-jawed oceanic sport fishes; related to sailfishes and spearfishes; not completely cold-blooded i.e. able to warm their brains and eyes

Etymologies

Short for marlinespike (from the pointed shape of its snout).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Yes | No | Report from the cowboy wrote 7 weeks 2 days ago yea right! it all depends on the ammo, bullet weight, and type of caliber. my .357 marlin is very inferior to the ballistics of a .243, meaning a .243 might shoot the same at 7 yards and 100, but a .357 traveling at 1200 fps will definitly not hit the same.

    i have heard that if you sight a gun in at seven yards it should be dead on at one hundred...does anyone know if this is true it

  • We saw several tropical birds, which the sailors call boatswains, in consequence of their having one long feather for a tail, which they term a marlin-spike — an iron instrument sharp at one end and knobbed at the other, used in splicing ropes, etc.

    A Sailor of King George

  • In The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway’s Santiago battles an 18-foot blue marlin from a skiff in the Florida Straits, where the Gulf Stream begins between Cuba and the Florida Keys.

    The Mid-Life Slam

  • Seems like this might be a full-day outing, just to have one shot at a frikkin 'marlin.

    Seriously, dude, there's a reason fishing nets were invented

  • At 2,000 pounds, the marlin is the largest of the ocean's game fishes, with the possible exception of one of its relatives, the Marlinbrandofish.

    Mark C. Miller: Holy Mackerel! Amazing Fish Facts

  • For a creature with the bulk of a bull, the marlin was as sleek as any missile and blazed through the water at a speed not even the most powerful torpedo could attain.

    Excerpt: Blackwater Sound by James Hall

  • 'Molly' for short, was Robin (the name was concocted out of the scientific terms for the bird 'robin' and the fish 'marlin' - which was her surname).

    Chapter 11 - The Second Date

  • Scott Stapp doesn't know a whole lot about the animal kingdom, and thinks that a marlin is a bird rather than a fish.

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  • Outside the tournament arena, for Florida anglers who spend long hours on the blue water, a marlin is a matter of time and luck.

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  • Discovered only three years ago, it is now thought that nearly a third-27 percent-of fish historically identified as marlin were in fact roundscale spearfish.

    TreeHugger

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