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▪ The two combatants were armed with spears and shields, and each man had sword and dagger at his belt.
▪ It is being driven forward by a horned deity at the rear, armed with a long spear.
▪ Vietminh guerrillas, some armed with spears and machetes or, primitive flintlocks, marched to the cadence of gongs and drums.
▪ They were all armed with spears, short bows and wicked little daggers pushed into their belts.
▪ They may be armed with spears at an additional cost of +1 point per model.
▪ Any Mobs of spider riders may be armed with spears at an additional cost of +1 points per model.
▪ While encompassed with enemies armed with the spears of mistaken ideals.
▪ It was carrying a three-pointed spear in one hand and a rough cloth sack in the other.
▪ Bunched tightly together by older men in animal skins and carrying spears, they perform a ceremonial dance to insistent drumming.
▪ He carried a bronze-bladed spear and a heavy Saxon long sword, which he had won in forest combat some years before.
▪ She was carrying a small spear and only just had time to raise it and thrust it at the Scarag.
▪ James carrying a spear for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
▪ They are in elaborate head-dresses and carry shields and spears.
▪ His face is painted and he is carrying a spear.
▪ One warrior wears helmet with a nasal guard and carries a spear with cross pieces.
▪ As they move forward, Tepilit, without warning, hurls his spear at the district officer from a few feet away.
▪ He fought them, one man against a whole company, and his flying spear struck down warrior after warrior.
▪ He waited, wondering, clutching his spear.
▪ If the spear killed attackers, so much the better.
▪ James Mellaart reports evidence from Catal Huyuk for the use of the slingshot, bow and arrow, lance, and spear.
▪ Many are armoured; for the shield may be as important for victory as the sword or the spear.
▪ At its current pace, the industrial average could spear both of my numbers by the end of next week.
▪ But each time it was a sudden sortie and took Trondur by surprise so he was not ready to spear them.
▪ Fortunately he managed to duck out of the way of a lump of glass as it speared towards his neck.
▪ He speared the plantain to one side of the pan and ladled in four globs of batter.
▪ He used to spear fish for grouper at the north end, then cook his catch for tourists.
▪ His brown and blue tie was speared with a tie-pin in the shape of a harp.
▪ The numbers in her text refer to footnotes in which she spears the novelist with chapter and verse.
▪ Vicious thugs had speared him leaving a gaping wound exposing the bone.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Spear \Spear\, n. [OE. spere, AS. spere; akin to D. & G. speer, OS. & OHS. sper, Icel. spj["o]r, pl., Dan. sp[ae]r, L. sparus.]

  1. 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.

    Note: [See Illust. of Spearhead.] ``A sharp ground spear.''

    They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.
    --Micah iv. 3.

  2. Fig.: A spearman.
    --Sir W. Scott.

  3. A sharp-pointed instrument with barbs, used for stabbing fish and other animals.

  4. A shoot, as of grass; a spire.

  5. The feather of a horse. See Feather, n., 4.

  6. The rod to which the bucket, or plunger, of a pump is attached; a pump rod. Spear foot, the off hind foot of a horse. Spear grass. (Bot.)

    1. The common reed. See Reed, n., 1.

    2. meadow grass. See under Meadow.

      Spear hand, the hand in which a horseman holds a spear; the right hand.

      Spear side, the male line of a family.

      Spear thistle (Bot.), the common thistle ( Cnicus lanceolatus).


Spear \Spear\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Speared; p. pr. & vb. n. Spearing.] To pierce with a spear; to kill with a spear; as, to spear a fish.


Spear \Spear\, v. i. To shoot into a long stem, as some plants. See Spire.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"weapon with a penetrating head and a long wooden shaft, meant to be thrust or thrown," Old English spere "spear, javelin, lance," from Proto-Germanic *speri (cognates: Old Norse spjör, Old Saxon, Old Frisian sper, Dutch speer, Old High German sper, German Speer "spear"), from PIE root *sper- (1) "spear, pole" (cognates: Old Norse sparri "spar, rafter," and perhaps also Latin sparus "hunting spear").


"sprout of a plant," 1640s, earlier "church spire" (c.1500); variant of spire (n.).


1755, from spear (n.1). Related: Speared; spearing.


n. 1 A long stick with a sharp tip used as a weapon for throwing or thrusting, or anything used to make a thrusting motion. 2 (context now chiefly historical English) A soldier armed with such a weapon; a spearman. 3 A sharp tool used by fishermen to retrieve fish. 4 (context ice hockey English) an illegal maneuver using the end of a hockey stick to strike into another hockey player. 5 (context wrestling English) a running tackle on an opponent performed in professional wrestling. 6 A spearman. 7 A shoot, as of grass; a spire. 8 The feather of a horse. 9 The rod to which the bucket, or plunger, of a pump is attached; a pump rod. 10 A long, thin strip from a vegetable. vb. 1 To penetrate or strike with, or as if with, any long narrow object. To make a thrusting motion that catches an object on the tip of a long device. 2 (context intransitive English) To shoot into a long stem, as some plants do.

  1. n. a long pointed rod used as a weapon [syn: lance, shaft]

  2. an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish [syn: gig, fizgig, fishgig, lance]

  1. v. pierce with a spear; "spear fish"

  2. thrust up like a spear; "The branch speared up into the air" [syn: spear up]

Spear (film)

Spear is a 2015 Australian drama film directed by Stephen Page. It was screened in the Discovery section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Originally performed by the Bangarra Dance Theatre in 2000, it has been reimagined for film using mostly dance and movement.


SPEAR (originally Stanford Positron Electron Asymmetric Rings, now simply a name) was a collider at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. It began running in 1972, colliding electrons and positrons with an energy of . During the 1970s, experiments at the accelerator played a key role in particle physics research, including the discovery of the meson (awarded the 1976 Nobel Prize in physics), many charmonium states, and the discovery of the tau (awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in physics).

Today, SPEAR is used as a synchrotron radiation source for the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL). The latest major upgrade of the ring in that finished in 2004 rendered it the current name SPEAR3.

Spear (disambiguation)

A spear is a pole weapon used for hunting and combat.

Spear may also refer to:

  • Spear (surname)
  • Spear Lancaster, 2002 candidate for Governor of Maryland
  • Spear (film), a 2015 Australian film
  • Spear (liturgy), used in the Byzantine-Rite Churches
  • SAS Spear, the first submarine of the South African Navy
  • Cape Spear, in Newfoundland, Canada
  • Operation Spear (2005), US military action in Iraq
  • Spear Lúin, Irish mythological treasure
  • Spear tackle, head-first thrust into the ground
  • Spear (Pokémon), the Japanese name for Beedrill, a Pokémon character
  • slang for nuclear weapons
  • Spear (wrestling), a professional wrestling attack
  • Singapore Prisons Emergency Action Response, a department within the Singapore Prison Service
  • Stanford Positron Electron Asymmetric Ring, an electron-positron collider now part of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource facility
  • Selective Precision Effects At Range Royal Air Force term for a set of guided weapons such as Paveway IV (SPEAR 1), Brimstone 2 (SPEAR 2), the SPEAR 3, 4, and 5 missile family.
  • Spear side, the male line of a family.
Spear (liturgy)

The Spear (Greek: λόγχη; Slavonic: Копіе́) or Lance is a liturgical implement used during the Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Eastern Catholic Churches.

The Spear symbolizes the lance of Longinus that was used at the time of Christ's death on the Cross to pierce his side, from which flowed blood and water . This event is traditionally interpreted as prefiguring the Sacred Mysteries ( Sacraments) of the Eucharist and Baptism.

The Spear is one of the Sacred Vessels usually kept on the Table of Oblation (Prothesis), where the bread and wine are prepared for the Eucharist. Often when a Chalice and Diskos (Paten) are made, an Asterisk and a Spoon and Spear will be made to match them. The Spear is normally made of precious metal (or at least plated with silver and/or gold), has a point sharp enough to cut the bread, and will often have a cross at the end of the handle.

The Spear is used during the Liturgy of Preparation when the priest cuts the Lamb (Host) out of the Prosphoron (loaf of leavened bread) which will be consecrated to become the Body of Christ. The Spear is also used before Holy Communion to cut the Lamb into pieces for the clergy and faithful to communicate from.

In the Euchologion there is also a special Prayer of the Spear which may be said by the priest when one is sick.

The Spear, being a sanctified object, may not be used for any purpose than the litugical uses for which it is appointed.

Category:Eastern Christian liturgy Category:Eastern Christian liturgical objects

Spear (comics)

Spear is the name of a supervillain in Marvel Comics.

Spear (surname)

Spear is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Albert Spear (1852–1929), justice on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and President of the Maine Senate
  • Allan Spear (1937–2008), American politician and educator from Minnesota
  • Bernard Spear (1919–2003), English actor
  • Bob Spear (1920–2014), founding director of the Birds of Vermont Museum, a longtime naturalist, birdwatcher and master woodcarver
  • Burning Spear (born 1945), Jamaican roots rock reggae artist
  • Duston Spear, native of Virginia, is an artist and activist residing in New York City
  • Ellis Spear (1834–1917), officer in the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment who rose to the rank of general during the American Civil War
  • Eric Spear (1908–1966), English composer of film music
  • Frank Spear (born 1953), Founder and Director of Spear Education
  • Harry Spear (1921–2006), US child actor
  • John Murray Spear (1804–1887), Spiritualist preacher
  • John Spear (1848–1921), British Liberal Unionist politician
  • Joseph Spear (d. 1837), British naval officer
  • Laurinda Hope Spear (born 1950), American architect and landscape architect
  • Lawrence York Spear (1870–1950), American naval officer and businessman
  • Mary Spear (1913–2006), English cricketer
  • Matt Spear (born 1970), American soccer coach
  • Mónica Spear (1984–2014), Miss Venezuela 2004
  • Percival Spear (1901–1982), English historian
  • Richard E. Spear (born 1940), American art historian and professor
  • Roberta Spear (1948–2003), American poet
  • Roger Ruskin Spear (born 1943), founding member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
  • Ruskin Spear (1911–1990), British artist
  • Samuel P. Spear (1815–1875), American soldier in the Seminole, Mexican–American War, and American Civil Wars
  • Terry Spear, award-winning American author
  • Timothy L. Spear, Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly
  • Tony Spear, American space exploration project manager
  • Walter Eric Spear (1921–2008), German physicist
  • William T. Spear (1834–1913), U.S. Republican politician

Usage examples of "spear".

I will now go and skin that troll who went so nigh to slay thee, and break up the carcase, if thou wilt promise to abide about the door of the house, and have thy sword and the spear ready to hand, and to don thine helm and hauberk to boot.

A couched spear of acuminated granite rested by him while at his feet reposed a savage animal of the canine tribe whose stertorous gasps announced that he was sunk in uneasy slumber, a supposition confirmed by hoarse growls and spasmodic movements which his master repressed from time to time by tranquilising blows of a mighty cudgel rudely fashioned out of paleolithic stone.

Juss, enforcing his half frozen limbs to resume the ascent, beheld a sight of woe too terrible for the eye: a young man, helmed and graithed in dark iron, a black-a-moor with goggle-eyes and white teeth agrin, who held by the neck a fair young lady kneeling on her knees and clasping his as in supplication, and he most bloodily brandishing aloft his spear of six foot of length as minded to reave her of her life.

He might have made a spear out of whalebone and wood, but he remembered that his vow of ahimsa forbade him to harm any animal, even a desperate tiger, even in defence of his own blessed life.

A fat old Albacore shark swam past us, blotched and piebald like a pig, but he paid us no attention and I lowered the spear as he drifted away into the hazy distance.

She did not see the end, when Alured himself ran a spear into each man.

She knew the arborescent grasses that yielded the longest and toughest fibers and these she sought and carried to her tree with the spear shaft that was to be.

With these they cut two pieces of bamboo-like arborescent grass to form the hafts of two spears.

While the Uryd disdained use of the bow, they excelled with spear and atlatl, with the toothed-disc and the black-rope, and Synyg had taught his son an impressive efficiency with these weapons as well.

Instead of centuries, my fellow wanderers had come to command cohorts, sturdy and strong, armed with spear, bow and sword, protected by shields of stout wood and hide, their bodies covered by thickly padded cloth armor, a good substitute for metal when used only against atlatl darts.

But off in his beaked seagoing ships he lay, raging away at Atrides Agamemnon, king of armies, while his men sported along the surf, marking time, hurling the discus, throwing spears and testing bows.

He closed on Atrides, spear stabbing his shield right on the boss but the bronze could not drive through, so back he drew to his ranks, dodging death, glancing left and right, fearing a lance would graze his flesh.

The keren choked upon its own blood and clawed at the spear, attempting to howl as it staggered in its forward rush, and then was it falling to the ground, its soul already sped.

And all the villagers were there, every male soul on the estate from Hob the austringer down to old Wat with no nose, all carrying spears or pitchforks or old scythe blades or stout poles.

If there is any other cause of animosity between the tribes besides the matter of avenging the dead there will now be a pretty severe fight with spears.