spearing

[speer-ing]
noun Ice Hockey.
an illegal check in which a player jabs an opponent with the end of the stick blade or the top end of the stick, resulting in a penalty.

Origin:
1770–80, for literal sense; spear1 + -ing1

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spear

1 [speer]
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:
before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English spere; cognate with Dutch, German speer

spearer, noun

spear

2 [speer]
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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spear1 (spɪə)
 
n
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
 
vb
4.  to pierce (something) with or as if with a spear
 
[Old English spere; related to Old Norse spjör spears, Greek sparos gilthead]
 
'spearer1
 
n

spear2 (spɪə)
 
n
a shoot, slender stalk, or blade, as of grass, asparagus, or broccoli
 
[C16: probably variant of spire1, influenced by spear1]

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Word Origin & History

spear
O.E. spere, from P.Gmc. *speri (cf. O.N. spjör, O.S., O.Fris. sper, Du. speer, O.H.G. sper, Ger. Speer "spear"), from PIE base *sper- "spear, pole" (cf. O.N. sparri "spar, rafter," and perhaps also L. sparus "hunting spear"). The verb is 1755. Spearmint first recorded 1539. Spearhead (n.) is attested
from c.1400; fig. sense of "leading element" (of an attack, movement, etc.) is attested from 1893; the verb in this sense is recorded from 1938.

spear
"sprout of a plant," 1543, variant of spire.
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Example sentences
Spearing octopus from the sea and picking vegetables in his garden help him
  stay fit too.
Some have a family member that was injured or killed by spearing, for example.
Avoid spearing food with your chopsticks or pointing them at someone.
Among our earliest ancestors, females might have spent some of their time
  spearing prey.
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