• WordNet 3.6
    • v spear pierce with a spear "spear fish"
    • v spear thrust up like a spear "The branch speared up into the air"
    • n spear a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
    • n spear an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"He poised his spear as he raised himself out of the water" "He poised his spear as he raised himself out of the water"
Poising the Spear Poising the Spear
The priest attacks a statue with a spear The priest attacks a statue with a spear
spears shield uniform spears shield uniform

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.
    • Spear A long, pointed weapon, used in war and hunting, by thrusting or throwing; a weapon with a long shaft and a sharp head or blade; a lance. "A sharp ground spear .""They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks."
    • Spear A sharp-pointed instrument with barbs, used for stabbing fish and other animals.
    • Spear A shoot, as of grass; a spire.
    • Spear Fig.: A spearman.
    • Spear The feather of a horse. See Feather n., 4.
    • Spear The rod to which the bucket, or plunger, of a pump is attached; a pump rod.
    • v. t Spear To pierce with a spear; to kill with a spear; as, to spear a fish.
    • v. i Spear To shoot into a long stem, as some plants. See Spire.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When Britney Spears books into hotels she uses the name 'Allota Warmheart' so that nobody will recognize her.
    • n spear A weapon consisting of a penetrating head attached to a long shaft of wood, designed to be thrust by or launched from the hand at an enemy or at game. Spears have been used as warlike weapons from the earliest times, and were the principal reliance of many ancient armies, as those of the Greeks, while in others they were used coördinately with the bow and the sword. They are represented by the bayonet in modern armies, though some use is still made of spears, of which javelins and lances are lighter, and pikes heavier, forms. Compare cuts under bayonet and pike.
    • n spear A man armed with a spear; a spearman.
    • n spear A sharp-pointed instrument with barbed tines, generally three or four, used for stabbing fish and other animals; a fish-gig.
    • n spear An instrument like or suggestive of an actual spear, as some articles of domestic or mechanical use, one of the long pieces fixed transversely to the beam or body of chevaux-de-frise, in some parts of England a bee's sting, etc.
    • n spear One of the pieces of timber which together form the main rod of the Cornish pumping-engine.
    • n spear The feather of a horse. Also called the streak of the spear. It is a mark in the neck or near the shoulder of some barbs, which is reckoned a sure sign of a good horse.
    • n spear A spire: now used only of the stalks of grasses: as, a spear of wheat.
    • spear To pierce or strike with a spear or similar weapon: as, to spear fish.
    • spear To shoot into a long stem; germinate, as barley. See spire.
    • spear An obsolete form of speer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spear spēr a long weapon used in war and hunting, made of a pole pointed with iron: a lance with barbed prongs used for catching fish
    • v.t Spear to pierce or kill with a spear
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  • Tad Williams
    Tad Williams
    “A well-aimed spear is worth three.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. spere, AS. spere,; akin to D. & G. speer, OS. & OHS. sper, Icel. spjör, pl., Dan. spær, L. sparus,


In literature:

With him far the most numerous and the bravest troops were armed, ardent with their spears.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
Next he levelled his spear full on Magus from far.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
His bow was useless, his spear lay broken under the unicorn, and his knife was gone.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
A solitary savage, armed with a spear, afterwards entered the camp, and was cordially greeted.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
Almost without warning the rifles had cracked, the spears had begun to fly.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
Why, they might have speared you.
"The Dingo Boys" by G. Manville Fenn
You take hold of the boat-hook, Mr Bartlett; you would spear it with that.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
The men were armed with clubs and spears, but seemed very friendly.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
I wonder whether he would ever dare to make use of that spear.
"Dead Man's Land" by George Manville Fenn
He advanced a step or two, talking fiercely, and pointing with his spear to Guy and Melton.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon

In poetry:

The trumpets blew, the cross-bolts flew,
The arrows flashed like flame,
As spur in side, and spear in rest,
Against the foe we came.
"The Heart Of The Bruce" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
My cheek is pale, but not with fears,
And I have dash'd aside my tears;
This woman's softness of my breast
Will vanish when my spear's in rest.
"The Troubadour. Canto 2" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
"He lifts his spear with the bold Buccleuch;
His lady is all alone;
The door she'll undo, to her knight so true,
On the eve of good St. John.'—
"The Eve of St. John" by Sir Walter Scott
Whene'er they came within the yate,
They thrust their horse them frae,
And took three lang spears in their hands,
Saying--"Here shall come nae me!"
"Auld Maitland" by Andrew Lang
The fresh—pruned vine—stems, curving, bend
Over the peaceful wheaten spears,
And with the glittering sunshine blend
Their transitory April tears.
"Florence" by Alfred Austin
It cannot last, thou wilt come forth in might,
A warrior queen full armored for the fight;
And thou wilt take, e'en with thy spear in rest,
Thy dusky children to thy saving breast.
"To The South" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Britney Spears and Simon Cowell have been making the media rounds to promote the new season of 'X Factor,' and last night the pair stopped by 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' for an entertaining chat.
Spears was relatively quiet and polite, while Cowell did most of the talking.
So much has been written about Britney Spears, that it's about time the tables were turned.
He was a consensus highlight of the 2009 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell, dropping names ranging from Liza Minnelli to Britney Spears.
JC Chasez Weighs in on 'The Voice's' Tony Lucca , Britney Spears on 'X Factor' (Video).
Jeff Spear and his family are getting support financially and spiritually.
Fight Over Britney Spears' Finances, Mental State Heats Up.
Britney Spears attends the Southern Style St Bernard Project Event in Beverly Hills, California, May 11, 2011.
A graphic X-ray that looks like something out of a horror movie is actually the image of a teenager who was shot in the head by a spear, and miraculously survived.
Remember that creepy video that morphed Britney Spears' face.
2 adult lions and 4 cubs stray from Nairobi National Park and are speared to death after they attack livestock.
The '00s gave us Britney Spears.
Ever since Britney Spears joined the newly-revamped panel on 'X Factor,' reports have run rampant of her walking off the set during auditions.
Inside Britney Spears' New Thousand Oaks Mansion.

In science:

While Amazon.com , a pioneer in the e-commerce revolution, spear-headed a movement toward recommenders and was instrumental in bringing such systems to critical mass, recommender systems research is a result of a series of shifts in information systems (IS) research.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Their examples are speared from the algebras of differential forms over a manifold to Hopf-Galois extensions.
Cyclic Cohomology of Corings
In recent decades these colliders have produced epochal discoveries: Stanford SPEAR electron-positron collider unveiled the charmed-quark meson and τ lepton in 1970s.
Basics of a photon collider
The sample was glued to a piece of hard foam that was then clamped in the sample holder in the desired orientation thanks to screws with spear tips (Figure 2-b).
Tensile material properties of human rib cortical bone under quasi-static and dynamic failure loading and influence of the bone microstucture on failure characteristics
This is not far below the value obtained by the Mark III Collaboration89 studying the decay D → µν at SPEAR: fD < 290 MeV (90% c.l.). 3.
Present and Future Aspects of CP Violation