- 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.
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What does javelin mean?
A javelin is the pointed, spearlike pole used in the track-and-field event known as javelin or the javelin throw—in which athletes compete to throw it as far as they can.
The javelin event is one of the “field” events in track and field, which also include other events in which objects are thrown as far as possible, namely discus and shot put. All three are events in the summer Olympic Games (the Summer Games) and are also events in the modern decathlon.
The word javelin also refers to the ancient throwing spear on which the javelin used in the athletic event is based.
Its original military use is referenced in the name of an U.S. military missile system known as Javelin.
Example: I’m training for the javelin and shot put with my track-and-field team.
Where does javelin come from?
The first records of the word javelin come from the 1500s, in reference to the weapon. The word comes from the Middle French javelot, probably from the British Celtic gablākos, which likely meant something like “forked spear.”
The sport of javelin throwing evolved from the ancient use of spears for hunting and warfare. The ancient Greek Olympic Games featured javelin throwing as a part of the five-event competition known as the pentathlon. The javelin throw was adopted into the modern Olympic Games in 1908, and has been included in every Summer Olympics since. A women’s javelin event was added to the Olympics in 1932.
Under modern javelin rules, the javelin must land point-first, but it does not need to stick into the ground in order for the throw to count.
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How is javelin used in real life?
Most people are familiar with the javelin as a track-and-field event at the Summer Olympics.
Touted as one of India’s strongest bets for an #Olympic medal, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra said his build-up to the Games has been quite challenging given the lack of competitive exposure but he is trying to stay positive for the big event.https://t.co/mz7KPY41GD
— The Hindu – Sports (@TheHinduSports) July 11, 2021
HUGE NEWS: Sam Crouser threw a personal best 83.33m today to hit the world championship standard. He's headed to Beijing in the javelin!
— oregontf (@OregonTF) August 2, 2015
— British Athletics (@BritAthletics) June 7, 2015
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For a javelin attempt to count, the javelin must stick into the ground.
How to use javelin in a sentence
Often in trouble at school, he was assigned to do maintenance at the baseball field one day when an errant javelin from track practice landed nearby.
He grabbed the javelin and threw it back — farther than it had been thrown in the first place.
Which means however far you threw that javelin, it wasn’t far enough to get you all past her ex.Does Pre-Confessing Clear You of Sexual Causality?|Eugene Robinson|September 20, 2020|Ozy
Like his predecessors, his background was as a javelin thrower.
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|Daniel Gross|February 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Bernard Avishai|November 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|The Telegraph|July 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Murder boards work if they prepare you for all the javelin-like questions.
He tells me he has often seen him throw a javelin there, and strike a small mark at a surprising distance.
From the age of five to twenty-four years they are taught to use the bow, to throw the javelin, to ride, and to speak the truth.
Lightning gathered in a vast javelin and flamed down upon them.A World is Born|Leigh Douglass Brackett
A stone is slung and a javelin cast, though both fall short.The Land of Fire|Mayne Reid
Ninyas hesitated; and once more his hand stole towards the javelin by the wall.Sarchedon|G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville