Spear hand

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spear hand the hand in which a horseman holds a spear; the right hand.
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Usage

In literature:

Sweep from his shivered hand the oppressor's spear!
"The Works Of Lord Byron, Vol. 3 (of 7)" by Lord Byron
On the saddle was fastened a long Arab gun, a sword and knife were stuck into his girdle, and he carried a long spear in his hand.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
Putting on the helmet, and fastening the shield upon his left arm, and taking the spear in his right hand, he stepped out bravely to the fight.
"The Golden Spears" by Edmund Leamy
They are generally represented on horseback, with conical caps on their heads, and bearing long spears in their hands.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
There were seven leaders of the guards, and a hundred youths marched along with each, holding long spears in their hands.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
So that more lately Sire Edward strode to the window and raised big hands toward the spear-points of the aloof stars.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
He carried in his hand a large spear highly ornamented with silver.
"The Fugitives" by R.M. Ballantyne
They carried spears of great length in their hands, also a smaller weapon, which appeared to be either a club or a paddle.
"The Cannibal Islands" by R.M. Ballantyne
Each man carried a large spear in his hand.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
The men again placed the spear in his hand and told him to dart, but he said no; that was not the right one.
"Short Sketches from Oldest America" by John Driggs
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In poetry:

Emptied of us the land;
ghostly our going;
fallen like spears the hand
dropped in the throwing.
"The Waradgery Tribe" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
In the Side of Christ I lay him,
In the Wound that the spear made;
In the pierced Hands I stay him,
So I am not afraid.
"A Woman Commends Her Little Son" by Katharine Tynan
With a spear in one hand
The men built the wall with the other.
The enemy was afraid to attack
And so the wall was built.
"Building the Walls of Jerusalem" by Doris Clore Demaree
Now he sits and rolls uneasy,
Very fretful, for he hears,
Near at hand, the shout of battle,
And the din of driving spears.
"Abu Midjan" by Archibald Lampman
Stretching his little hands he play'd,
Unconscious of a fear,
With all the monsters he survey'd,
And smil'd at every spear.
"The Serpents" by William Hayley
Then Gareth, 'Thou—Lancelot!—thine the hand
That threw me? An some chance to mar the boast
Thy brethren of thee make—which could not chance—
Had sent thee down before a lesser spear,
Shamed had I been, and sad—O Lancelot—thou!'
"Gareth And Lynette" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

Britney Spears nearly drops her infant son, baby in one hand, drink in the other, while angling through an NYC crowd.
With a spear raised in his right hand, the Roman god of fire and the forge makes an imposing figure -- one that remains the tallest cast iron statue in the world.
Britney Spears places her hand prints into the cement for the premiere of X Factor at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on September 11, 2012.
Experience the activities of eons of time by trying your hand at the atlatl spears and pump drill.
I have the perfect solution to someone spearing food on one's plate: a fork in the back of the hand.
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