- 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.
- a soldier or other person armed with such a weapon; spearman: an army of 40,000 spears.
- a similar weapon or stabbing implement, as one for use in fishing.
- the act of spearing.
- to pierce with or as with a spear.
- to go or penetrate like a spear: The plane speared through the clouds.
Origin of spear1
- a sprout or shoot of a plant, as a blade of grass or an acrospire of grain.
- to sprout; shoot; send up or rise in a spear or spears.
Origin of spear2
Examples from the Web for spears
Instead, we had Spears begging for male attention with the provocative lyric, “Hit me baby, one more time.”
Spears, on the other hand, bragged about being a virgin to the media.
And as we left, spears of sunlight painted the top of the nearby volcano Galeras.Spirit Tripping With Colombian Shamans
August 24, 2014
“Every woman should feel confident and beautiful in everything she puts on,” Spears said.American Apparel Appoints First Female Board Member; Britney Spears Is Designing Lingerie
The Fashion Beast Team
July 24, 2014
Britney [Spears] and I wore matching denim outfits [to the 2001 American Music Awards].Couples Clothes Swapping Isn’t Just for Kimye
July 15, 2014
That one is the lion; and they hunt him with spears in the long grass.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
A thousand warriors with banners and spears in their hands stood at attention.
And in it sat two ogres, with teeth like spears and eyes like fiery lamps.
The charge of their spears is as the rushing of the whirlwind.
Bonnie gear for a king that should be thinking of spears and jacks, lances and honours.Two Penniless Princesses
Charlotte M. Yonge
- Britney (ˈbrɪtnɪ). born 1981, US pop singer; records include the single "Baby One More Time" (1998) and the album Britney (2001)
- a weapon consisting of a long shaft with a sharp pointed end of metal, stone, or wood that may be thrown or thrust
- a similar implement used to catch fish
- another name for spearman
- to pierce (something) with or as if with a spear
- a shoot, slender stalk, or blade, as of grass, asparagus, or broccoli
Word Origin and History for spears
Old English spere, from Proto-Germanic *speri (cf. Old Norse spjör, Old Saxon, Old Frisian sper, Dutch speer, Old High German sper, German Speer "spear"), from PIE root *sper- "spear, pole" (cf. Old Norse sparri "spar, rafter," and perhaps also Latin sparus "hunting spear").
"sprout of a plant," 1540s, variant of spire.
1755, from spear (n.1). Related: Speared; spearing.