spear

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 [ˈspɪər]



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
spear1 /spɪr/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Militarya long wooden shaft with a sharp-pointed head of metal or stone attached to it.

v. [+ object]
  1. to pierce or stab through with or as if with a spear:speared a slice of fruit from the plate.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
spear1 (spēr),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. Militarya 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. Militarya 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.

adj. 
  1. See  spear side. 

v.t. 
  1. to pierce with or as with a spear.

v.i. 
  1. to go or penetrate like a spear:The plane speared through the clouds.
spearer, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English (noun, nominal), Old English spere; cognate with Dutch, German speer

spear2 (spēr),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. Botanya sprout or shoot of a plant, as a blade of grass or an acrospire of grain.

v.i. 
  1. Botanyto sprout;
    shoot;
    send up or rise in a spear or spears.
  • variant of spire1, perh. influenced by spear1 1520–30


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

spear /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
  1. to pierce (something) with or as if with a spear
Etymology: Old English spere; related to Old Norse spjör spears, Greek sparos gilthead
spear /spɪə/ n
  1. a shoot, slender stalk, or blade, as of grass, asparagus, or broccoli
Etymology: 16th Century: probably variant of spire1, influenced by spear1



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