harpoon

Definitions

  • Hunting With the Boomerang and Fishing With The Double Harpoon in a Marsh Or Pool
    Hunting With the Boomerang and Fishing With The Double Harpoon in a Marsh Or Pool
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v harpoon spear with a harpoon "harpoon whales"
    • n harpoon a spear with a shaft and barbed point for throwing; used for catching large fish or whales; a strong line is attached to it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are about 500 different kinds of cone snails around the world. All have a sharp, modified tooth that stabs prey with venom like a harpoon. Most cone snails hunt worms and other snails, but some eat fish. These are the ones most dangerous to people. The nerve toxin that stops a fish is powerful enough to also kill a human.
    • n Harpoon A spear or javelin used to strike and kill large fish, as whales; a harping iron. It consists of a long shank, with a broad, flat, triangular head, sharpened at both edges, and is thrown by hand, or discharged from a gun.
    • v. t Harpoon To strike, catch, or kill with a harpoon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n harpoon A missile weapon used in capturing whales and large fish, and either thrown by hand or fired from a gun. See harpoon-gun. In the older form of this weapon the head is a heavy, flat, triangular piece of iron with strong barbs, sharpened on the outer edges to enable it to penetrate deeply, and fastened to a handle or shank, 2½ or 3 feet long, to which is attached a long cord or rope. In a later form the head has but one barb. The common non-explosive harpoon is not employed by whalemen to kill the whale, but merely to fasten it to the boat, in order that the latter may be hauled up alongside the animal, which is then killed by a lance. (See exploding harpoon, below.) The harpoons that are to be first used are carried at the head of the whale-boat, six being included in the outfit of a boat. The first two are known as the first and second irons; the rest as the spare harpoons, one of which is the drag-iron. The first harpoon is darted into the whale by hand, and the second follows if there is time; if not, it is thrown overboard to prevent fouling with the outgoing line. See toggle-iron.
    • harpoon To strike, catch, or kill with a harpoon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Harpoon här-pōōn′ a dart for striking and killing whales
    • v.t Harpoon to strike with the harpoon
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. harpon, LL. harpo, perh. of Ger. origin, fr. the harp,; cf. F. harper, to take and grasp strongly, harpe, a dog's claw, harpin, boathook (the sense of hook, coming from the shape of the harp); but cf. also Gr. "a`rph the kite, sickle, and E. harpy,. Cf. Harp

Usage

In literature:

These fish are taken on rocks and under water, where they are struck by a kind of harpoon hooks and drawn out.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
The hunters harpooned a goodly catch before the gale was upon the little fleet almost without warning.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
Harpoon Hayfork, late 19th century.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
The projectile which is used consists of a barbed harpoon, to which a short chain is affixed, and to that a strong line.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
What would be the good of the fish if you harpooned them?
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
They were standing on the dead body of a whale that had been killed by harpoons.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
They have arrows and harpoons, whose points are fastened to the shaft by a long cord.
"Man And His Ancestor" by Charles Morris
Then the mate came out, and he had two harpoons in his hand.
"The Sandman: His Sea Stories" by William J. Hopkins
They harpooned many, but these also were given to Tugto and his wife.
"Eskimo Folktales" by Unknown
The shark had apparently been harpooned at sea, and washed into the Humber.
"Adventures and Recollections" by Bill o'th' Hoylus End
It is not strange that when harpooned it should retaliate by attacking its assailant.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Simpson, the harpooner, and Bell, the carpenter, were steady men, obedient and well disciplined.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
Peter Leonard Henriksen, harpooner, was born in Balsfjord, near Tromsoe, in 1859.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
Fishermen armed with tridents or crude harpoons arrived with sizable trophies of their skill.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
I had Silva for harpooner, the best man on the ship.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
The harpoon has an explosive shell attached to its head like the torpedo of a submarine.
"The Rushton Boys at Treasure Cove" by Spencer Davenport
This instrument was similar in shape to the harpoons which whalers use for destroying the whales, except that it was not half as neat or sharp.
"My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave" by Henry M. Stanley
Again the whale came up and lay perfectly still, with the tantalizing harpoon fast in his back.
"Harper's Round Table, May 7, 1895" by Various
Why, I jest naturally harpooned him like I would any other whale.
"Harper's Round Table, June 11, 1895" by Various
They applied to the gun the same name they give to their harpoons for killing whales.
"Narrative of a Second Expedition to the Shores of the Polar Sea" by John Franklin
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In poetry:

"And there we hunted the walrus,
The narwhale, and the seal;
Ha! 't was a noble game!
And like the lightning's flame
Flew our harpoons of steel.
"Discoverer Of The North Cape. A Leaf From King Alfred's Orosius. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Beautiful Moon, with thy silvery light,
Thou cheerest the Esquimau in the night;
For thou lettest him see to harpoon the fish,
And with them he makes a dainty dish.
"The Moon" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then the whale began to puff and to blow,
While the men and the boats after him did go,
Armed well with harpoons for the fray,
Which they fired at him without dismay.
"The Famous Tay Whale" by William Topaz McGonagall
And they laughed and grinned just like wild baboons,
While they fired at him their sharp harpoons:
But when struck with,the harpoons he dived below,
Which filled his pursuers' hearts with woe.
"The Famous Tay Whale" by William Topaz McGonagall
Saw a right whale busy spoutin' --
Blow, my bully boys, blow;
"There she blows!" the look-out shoutin' --
Blow, my bully boys, blow;
'Lower away!" and off we goes, mate. Sticks a harpoon in her nose, mate --
Blow, blow, my bully boys, blow!
"Yankee Packet " by Edwin James Brady
Out spoke the ancient fisherman,--"Now bring me my harpoon!
I'll get into my fishing-boat, and fix the fellow soon."
Down fell that pretty innocent, as falls a snow-white lamb,
Her hair drooped round her pallid cheeks, like sea-weed on a clam.
"The Ballad Of The Oysterman" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Where will Harpoon Larry's dock.
Where will Harpoon Larry's eventually go.
Formed in 1986 by college classmates, Harpoon Brewery has become one of the largest craft brewers in the region.
Susan Stockwell of Leominster wearing the coveted Harpoon Brewery to Brewery Ride jersey after the 148-mile journey.
AUSTIN, Texas — For July and August Whole Foods Market is offering Nova Scotia harpoon -caught swordfish in its stores.
Right now we're testing the harpoons in a laboratory.
Facebook Timeline, Android's Galaxy Nexus and a space harpoon : Tech news with John Moe.
A Harpoon by the Door.
Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub & Restaurant hosts a dinner featuring the beers from Boston's Harpoon Brewery on Tuesday, Jan 26.
Harpoon 's Doyle To Keynote Conference.
Richard Doyle, a co-founder of Harpoon Brewery, will be the keynote speaker April 15 for the 25th annual Craft Brewers Conference here.
Harpoon 's Grateful Harvest Ale Celebrates the New England Thanksgiving.
Harpoon 's line of craft beer features its award-winning IPA and UFO Hefeweizen beers, along with four special seasonal selections.
Samuel Adams Utopias, Harpoon 's Grateful Harvest return.
Also soon to hit stores is the return of Harpoon 's Grateful Harvest Ale.
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In science:

However, Gromov has recently harpooned the embedding approach by constructing finitely generated groups which do not uniformly embed in Hilbert space [G2].
An etale approach to the Novikov conjecture
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