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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
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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Examples from the web for speared
  • The big cats are speared as part of a manhood ritual and poisoned to prevent livestock predation, he explained.
  • At the first, the fruits were speared onto toothpicks: a cherry with almonds, a strawberry pinned to an anchovy.
  • The shark is speared with a roped harpoon and drags first one, then two, and finally three barrels as the humans try to shoot it.
  • Instead of waiting for its wild boar host getting speared by a hunter, it could make the journey on the dinner plate.
  • Data include laboratory examinations on specimens speared in the field and raised in tanks.
  • All fish speared in these lakes must still be reported.
  • Three of the fish, including the largest, had been speared.
  • They will be required to register any sturgeon speared immediately.
  • It is illegal to return fish to the water after they are shot or speared.
  • Fire torches were used to blind deer, drive or corral wildlife, and to attract fish close enough to be speared from canoes.
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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