• WordNet 3.6
    • n javelin a spear thrown as a weapon or in competitive field events
    • n javelin an athletic competition in which a javelin is thrown as far as possible
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Javelin A sort of light spear, to be thrown or cast by the hand; anciently, a weapon of war used by horsemen and foot soldiers; now used chiefly in hunting the wild boar and other fierce game. "Flies the javelin swifter to its mark,
      Launched by the vigor of a Roman arm?"
    • Javelin (Sport) A wooden shaft resembling a spear, thrown by contestants in a contest called the javelin throw; the one throwing the javelin furthest wins the contest. The javelin throw is one of the field events of the modern Olympic Games.
    • v. t Javelin To pierce with a javelin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n javelin A spear intended to be thrown by the hand, with or without the aid of a thong or a. throwing-stick. The word is the general term for all such weapons. The javelin was in use in Europe in the middle ages, and in antiquity. Among Oriental nations and among modern savage tribes it is a common weapon of offense. See pilum, amentum, and jereed.
    • n javelin In heraldry, a bearing representing a short-handled weapon with a barbed head, and so distinguished from a half-spear, which has a lance-head without barbs.
    • javelin To strike or wound with or as with a javelin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Javelin jav′lin a spear meant to be hurled, anciently used by both infantry and cavalry.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. javeline,; akin to Sp. jabalina, It. giavelina, and F. javelot, OF. gavlot,. Cf. Gavelock
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. javelin; prob. Celt.


In literature:

Lieutenant commander Hernan had been severely wounded in the leg by a native javelin, but the injury was a long way from being fatal.
"Despoilers of the Golden Empire" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Birds are taken in snares, or killed with bird-javelins, arrows, and slings.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
These warriors were armed with bows and arrows, javelins, and war clubs.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
They attempted to withdraw the javelin, but could not move it.
"The American Family Robinson" by D. W. Belisle
These men were all clad in coats of mail, and carried battle-axes, and javelins for throwing.
"Stories from English History" by Hilda T. Skae
The javelin fell at his side and he tumbled upon the earth, never to rise again.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
On the Persian side the superiority lay in their archers and javelin throwers.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
And when no small number was gathered together, they began to cast stones and javelins at the two.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
On his helmet were wolves of bronze, and a horse on each javelin.
"Finnish Legends for English Children" by R. Eivind
Isabelle felt their eyes like javelins in her back, even while she kept up a lively stream of conversation.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke

In poetry:

Height after height they slowly won;
The fiery javelins of the sun
Smote the bare ledge; the tangled shade
With rock and vine their steps delayed.
"The Seeking Of The Waterfall" by John Greenleaf Whittier
As quick his way the warrior took,
No trembling hand the javelin shook,
And hurrying fast as he closed with the boar
He rushed as in floodtide the wave to the shore.
"The Death Of The Boar" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Forth from the rustic altar swift I stray'd;
"Aid my firm purpose, ye celestial Powers!
Aid me to quell the sordid breast," I said;
And threw my javelin towards their hostile towers.
"Elegy XIX. - Written in Spring, 1743" by William Shenstone
And Mary sparkled everywhere,
The sunlight weaving through her hair
The colours of December;
Ah, two shall strive-but one shall win
And one shall feel the javelin
'Twere poison to remember!
"The Wiree's Song" by John O Brien
On the ship-rails he could stand,
Wield his sword with either hand,
And at once two javelins throw;
At all feasts where ale was strongest
Sat the merry monarch longest,
First to come and last to go.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf II. -- The King's Return" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
They lay beside our glittering rills,
With visions in their darken'd eye,
Their joy was not amidst the hills,
Where elk and deer before us fly;
Their spears upon the cedar hung,
Their javelins to the wind were flung.
"The Isle Of Founts" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

In news:

Baker sophomore wins national title in javelin .
Baker University sophomore Stephanie Nelson became the school's first individual national track and field champion in nearly 60 years, winning the javelin on Thursday at the NAIA Championships in Marion, Ind.
The Heritage High javelin thrower has been invited to compete in an elite event this summer in the Nordic country, which has a national obsession over javelin .
Morgan set the new Kane Area High School record in the javelin Saturday, April 21 at the Kane Invitational.
Sinclair Broadcast Group has deployed Masstech CatchBLUE v7.5 Special Edition systems to transcode content from Pitch Blue and Javelin syndicated delivery services for its entire group of 58 stations across the United States.
Wa-Hi's Jamie Weisner wins state javelin championship.
Jamie Weisner wins the girl's javelin and Garrett Gerling places third in the 110 hurdles at state.
Liberty High School's Peter Stacy wins district javelin title.
Javelin performs with Tussle and Bronze on Thursday, May 6, at the Rickshaw Stop.
Javelin uses a mix of samples and live instrumentation to create a breezy, funky mix of psych-pop and beats.
Kenosha turned out more than 95,000 Javelins and more than 15,000 AMXs during that period.
While the Javelin 's and AMX's V-8 engines ranged in displacement from 304- to 401-cu.in.
Lakewood's Jon Fernandez breaks javelin record at Mount St Mary's College.
Courtesy of Mount St Mary's College Monsignor Donovan product Jon Fernandez set a school record in the javelin throw as a sophomore at Mount St Mary's in Maryland.
It would also be this Javelin 's fifth, and last, Trans-Am victory.

In science:

The central idea in the Javelin architecture is a computing broker, which collects and monitors resources, and services requests for these resources. A user interacts with the broker in two ways, by registering or requesting resources.
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