Spear (?), n. [OE. spere, AS. spere; akin to D. & G. speer, OS. & OHS. sper, Icel. spjor, pl., Dan. spaer, L. sparus.]


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.

[See Illust. of Spearhead.] "A sharp ground spear."


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


Fig.: A spearman.

Sir W. Scott.


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


A shoot, as of grass; a spire.


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


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. (a) The common reed. See Reed, n., 1. (b) meadow grass. See under Meadow. -- Spear hand, the hand in which a horseman holds a spear; the right hand. Crabb. -- Spear side, the male line of a family. Lowell. -- Spear thistle Bot., the common thistle (Cnicus lanceolatus).


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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.


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Spear, v. i.

To shoot into a long stem, as some plants. See Spire.



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