- 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
- 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 spearing
One main culprit was the hard-shell helmet that had essentially become a spearing weapon.Super Bowl XLVIII Is Set to Be the Most Violent One Yet
January 30, 2014
Queen Elizabeth I owned forks for sweetmeats but chose to use her fingers instead, finding the spearing motion to be crude.The Strange Way We Eat: Bee Wilson’s ‘Consider the Fork’
October 13, 2012
These lakes also abound with a great variety of fish, which can be taken by spearing.Old Mackinaw
W. P. Strickland.
Would you shoot a black-fellow, Mr Gerrard, for spearing a horse or bullock?Tom Gerrard
They broke our ships and killed my companions, spearing them like fish.
“Ye will be back in the afternoon, and we will be spearing for you, bairns,” she said.Janet McLaren
The method of securing them was by spearing them from the canoes.Three Boys in the Wild North Land
Egerton Ryerson Young
- 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 spearing
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.