Javelin definition

jăvlĭn, jăvə-
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A metal or metal-tipped spear thrown for distance in track and field competitions. The men's javelin is about 2.6 meters (812 feet) in length; the women's is about 2.2 meters (714 feet) in length.
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The athletic field event in which a javelin is thrown.
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A light spear for throwing.
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A pointed wooden or metal shaft, about 812 ft long, thrown for distance as a test of strength and skill.
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The throwing of the javelin as a field event in track and field meets.
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A light spear thrown with the hand and used as a weapon.
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To pierce with a javelin.

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A light spear thrown with the hand and used as a weapon.
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Noun

Singular:
javelin
Plural:
javelins

Origin of javelin

  • Middle English from Old French javeline diminutive of javelot of Celtic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary