Meaning of javelin

jave•lin

Pronunciation: ( jav'lin, jav'u-), [key]
— n.
  1. a light spear, usually thrown by hand.
    1. a spearlike shaft about 812 ft. (2.7 m) long and usually made of wood, used in throwing for distance.
    2. Also calledjave&prim;lin throw&sec;.a competitive field event in which the javelin is thrown for distance.
—v.t.
  1. to strike or pierce with or as if with a javelin.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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