from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of spear.
  • n. The stabbing of something with a spear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The action denoted by the verb spear; specifically, in harvesting tobacco, the forcing of a pointed stick through the butts of several cut stalks which are to hang upon it while curing. For other methods see pegging, 6, and splitting.
  • n. A fish, Trachinocephalus myops, the ground-spearing, belonging to the family Synodontidæ, found in tropical parts of the western Atlantic.


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  • STRANGER: Of this barb-fishing, that which strikes the fish who is below from above is called spearing, because this is the way in which the three - pronged spears are mostly used.

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  • The usual way of catching them is by spearing, which is done as follows.

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  • No matter what method we follow in fishing, we must never try to catch fish by any method which the laws may prohibit, such as spearing, set lines, or nets.

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  • Afterward she realized that that impaling index finger was a gesture of habit -- it was his way of "spearing" witnesses in court when they were under fire.

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  • Doubtless, upon provocation, they are "spearing" others as they speared the outraged clergyman.

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  • Zuma Press In the portraits by Mr. Condo, the artist Maurizio Cattelan appears with a carrot spearing his head.

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  • Once he was comfortably beyond spearing range, he turned and jogged down the trail a couple of hundred yards, then stopped and hid behind a tree.

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  • Maude rocked forward in her chair, spearing Cat with a wizened stare that had naught of stage farce about it.

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