a barbed, spearlike missile attached to a rope, and thrown by hand or shot from a gun, used for killing and capturing whales and large fish.
Harpoon, Military. a jet-powered, radar-guided U.S. Navy cruise missile with a high explosive warhead designed for use against surface ships and launchable from a surface vessel, submerged submarine, or aircraft.
to strike, catch, or kill with or as if with a harpoon.
- har·poon·er, noun
- har·poon·like, adjective
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How to use harpoon in a sentence
They guarded their herds so carefully that the Cave-men could scarcely get near enough to hit them with their harpoons.
Think of the wild horses during the first few minutes after the men threw their harpoons.
Fleetfoot told all he knew about the use of spears and harpoons, but he scarcely knew himself how he had thrown with such force.
The older men watched as Fleetfoot showed the young men how he threw spears and harpoons.
Kamelillo waded in, and looked at the harpoons, and shook his head, for he knew the laws and rights of the trade.The Belted Seas | Arthur Colton
British Dictionary definitions for harpoon
a barbed missile attached to a long cord and hurled or fired from a gun when hunting whales, etc
(as modifier): a harpoon gun
(tr) to spear with or as if with a harpoon
- harpooner or harpooneer, noun
- harpoon-like, adjective
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