spearing

[ speer-ing ]
/ ˈspɪər ɪŋ /

noun Ice Hockey.

an illegal check in which a player jabs an opponent with the end of the stick blade or the top end of the stick, resulting in a penalty.

Origin of spearing

1770–80, for literal sense; spear1 + -ing1

Definition for spearing (2 of 3)

Origin of spear

1
before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English spere; cognate with Dutch, German speer

Related forms

spear·er, noun

Definition for spearing (3 of 3)

spear

2
[ speer ]
/ spɪər /

noun

a sprout or shoot of a plant, as a blade of grass or an acrospire of grain.

verb (used without object)

to sprout; shoot; send up or rise in a spear or spears.

Origin of spear

2
1520–30; variant of spire1, perhaps influenced by spear1
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British Dictionary definitions for spearing (1 of 2)

spear

1
/ (spɪə) /

noun

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

verb

to pierce (something) with or as if with a spear

Derived Forms

spearer, noun

Word Origin for spear

Old English spere; related to Old Norse spjör spears, Greek sparos gilthead

British Dictionary definitions for spearing (2 of 2)

spear

2
/ (spɪə) /

noun

a shoot, slender stalk, or blade, as of grass, asparagus, or broccoli

Word Origin for spear

C16: probably variant of spire 1, influenced by spear 1
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