- a spearlike shaft about 8½ feet (2.7 meters) long and usually made of wood, used in throwing for distance.
- Also called javelin throw.a competitive field event in which the javelin is thrown for distance.
verb (used with object)
Origin of javelin
Examples from the Web for javelin
Contemporary Examples of javelin
Like his predecessors, his background was as a javelin thrower.The Aftermath of Disney’s ‘Million Dollar Arm’
May 16, 2014
But Javelin Strategy estimates that in 2012, credit-card-fraud losses were approximately $10 billion.How to Commit a $200 Million Scam: Inside the Year’s Most Shocking Credit Card Fraud
February 6, 2013
Without the javelin in his hand he walked through the entire delivery for us in slow motion, describing it as he did so.Philip Roth’s Departure from Writing is Well Deserved
November 14, 2012
Jeremy Hunt has introduced a new sport to the Games, to go with the discus, shot put, javelin.20 Reasons to Feel Good About the 2012 Olympics in London
July 30, 2012
Historical Examples of javelin
In addition, they are taught to shoot with the bow and to fling the javelin.Cyropaedia
And here we will state shortly the most effective method of hurling the javelin.On Horsemanship
But not in words does the Trojan hero frame his reply: for he hurls his javelin at the foe.The Aeneid of Virgil
The monarch rose in his car and whirled a javelin at the gates.The Infernal Marriage
They attempted to withdraw the javelin, but could not move it.The American Family Robinson
D. W. Belisle
Word Origin for javelin
late 15c., from Middle French javeline (15c.), fem. diminutive of Old French javelot "a spear," probably from Gaulish (cf. Old Irish gabul "fork;" Welsh gafl "fork," gaflach "feathered spear"), ultimately from PIE *ghabholo- "a fork, branch of a tree." Also found in Italian (giavelotto) and Middle High German (gabilot). Javelot also was borrowed in Middle English, but this is the form of the word that has endured.