javelin

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English, from Old French javelline, diminutive of javelot, from Celtic *gablakko- (Old Irish gabul, Welsh gafl). The Old French term was also borrowed into Middle Low German as gaveline, and into Middle High German as gabilot.

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Noun[edit]

javelin (plural javelins)

  1. A light spear thrown with the hand and used as a weapon.
    • Addison
      Flies the javelin swifter to its mark, / Launched by the vigour of a Roman arm?
  2. A metal-tipped spear thrown for distance in an athletic field event.

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Verb[edit]

javelin (third-person singular simple present javelins, present participle javelining, simple past and past participle javelined)

  1. (transitive) To pierce with a javelin.
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