A spear consists of a long shaft that has a sharp point at one end. You might use one to go spear fishing, but that’s about it. Spears are no longer the weapon of choice.

Spear also refers to the action of impaling something or someone with a spear. “Odysseus blinded the Cyclops by jamming a huge spear into its eye.” In addition to the long-shafted, pointy spear that people throw, spear is the name for the sprout of a plant. In the vegetable world, separate stalks of asparagus are called spears.

Definitions of spear
  1. noun

    a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon

    lance, shaft
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    assagai, assegai

    the slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africa

    a spear thrown as a weapon or in competitive field events

    a spear with three prongs
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    arm, weapon, weapon system

    any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting

  2. noun

    an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish

    fishgig, fizgig, gig, lance
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    a spear with a shaft and barbed point for throwing; used for catching large fish or whales; a strong line is attached to it

    a spear with three or more prongs; used for spearing fish (especially salmon)
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    instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end

  3. verb

    pierce with a spear

    spear fish”
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    type of:

    empale, impale, spike, transfix

    pierce with a sharp stake or point

  4. verb

    thrust up like a spear

    “The branch
    speared up into the air”
    spear up
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    type of:

    jut, jut out, project, protrude, stick out

    extend out or project in space

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