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spear1

[speer] /spɪər/
noun
1.
a long, stabbing weapon for thrusting or throwing, consisting of a wooden shaft to which a sharp-pointed head, as of iron or steel, is attached.
2.
a soldier or other person armed with such a weapon; spearman:
an army of 40,000 spears.
3.
a similar weapon or stabbing implement, as one for use in fishing.
4.
the act of spearing.
adjective
verb (used with object)
6.
to pierce with or as with a spear.
verb (used without object)
7.
to go or penetrate like a spear:
The plane speared through the clouds.
Origin of spear1
900
before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English spere; cognate with Dutch, German speer
Related forms
spearer, noun

spear2

[speer] /spɪər/
noun
1.
a sprout or shoot of a plant, as a blade of grass or an acrospire of grain.
verb (used without object)
2.
to sprout; shoot; send up or rise in a spear or spears.
Origin
1520-30; variant of spire1, perhaps influenced by spear1
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  • The man was speared while reading a book beneath the dray, and the woman was sewing, sitting against the wheel of the dray.

    Reminiscences of Queensland William Henry Corfield
  • The white men were rushed upon while making a damper, and clubbed and speared.

  • One day we passed some Barotse lads who had speared an alligator, and were waiting in expectation of its floating soon after.

  • This time the flesh had not been devoured, but the poor beasts had, in every case, been speared.

    A Final Reckoning G. A. Henty
  • Loring Blade grinned mirthlessly, speared two pork chops and added a generous helping of potatoes.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • And he bit a generous inch off the cold sausage which he had speared with the carving-fork.

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • Here they trapped the beaver, speared the salmon, and hunted the moose.

  • With an almost defiant gesture she speared it and put it in her mouth.

    Lease to Doomsday Lee Archer
  • I sprang at him and struck him with all my force in the face, little caring if I was speared or not.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for speared

spear1

/spɪə/
noun
1.
a weapon consisting of a long shaft with a sharp pointed end of metal, stone, or wood that may be thrown or thrust
2.
a similar implement used to catch fish
3.
another name for spearman
verb
4.
to pierce (something) with or as if with a spear
Derived Forms
spearer, noun
Word Origin
Old English spere; related to Old Norse spjör spears, Greek sparos gilthead

spear2

/spɪə/
noun
1.
a shoot, slender stalk, or blade, as of grass, asparagus, or broccoli
Word Origin
C16: probably variant of spire1, influenced by spear1
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Word Origin and History for speared

spear

n.

Old English spere, from Proto-Germanic *speri (cf. Old Norse spjör, Old Saxon, Old Frisian sper, Dutch speer, Old High German sper, German Speer "spear"), from PIE root *sper- "spear, pole" (cf. Old Norse sparri "spar, rafter," and perhaps also Latin sparus "hunting spear").

"sprout of a plant," 1540s, variant of spire.

v.

1755, from spear (n.1). Related: Speared; spearing.

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