Meaning of spear

spear

Pronunciation: (spēr), [key]
— n.
  1. a long, stabbing weapon for thrusting or throwing, consisting of a wooden shaft to which a sharp-pointed head, as of iron or steel, is attached.
  2. a soldier or other person armed with such a weapon; spearman: an army of 40,000 spears.
  3. a similar weapon or stabbing implement, as one for use in fishing.
  4. the act of spearing.
—adj.
  1. See
—v.t.
  1. to pierce with or as with a spear.
—v.i.
  1. to go or penetrate like a spear: The plane speared through the clouds.

spear

Pronunciation: (spēr), [key]
— n.
  1. a sprout or shoot of a plant, as a blade of grass or an acrospire of grain.
—v.i.
  1. to sprout; shoot; send up or rise in a spear or spears.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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