Adjective "javelin" definition and examples

(Javelin may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈdʒav(ə)lɪn/

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Definitions and examples

noun

A light spear thrown in a competitive sport or as a weapon.
  1. 'Weaponry consisted of battleaxes, thrusting spears and daggers for the infantry, while the leaders in their battlewagons carry sheafs of javelins.'
  2. 'The rulebook says that the javelin is constructed of three parts: the head, the shaft, and the grip.'
  3. 'I was trained up from my earliest years in the art of war, my daily exercise was shooting and throwing javelins, and my mother adorned me with emblems after the manner of our greatest warriors.'
  4. 'To gain some protection by distancing themselves from the dangers of close combat, early fighters used throwing weapons - slings, bows, javelins, and spears.'
  5. 'On all sides, ignoring him, barbarian mercenaries brandished their javelins, bows, pikes, two-edged swords.'
  6. 'Until the early fifth century, this was a matter of putting up scaling ladders or constructing a siege mound against the city-wall while bombarding the battlements with javelins, arrows, and stones.'
  7. 'Gruelling training timetables included drills with javelins, slings, shields and 18-ft spears.'
  8. 'Even the powerful moose knew to beware the swift javelins of avarii hunters.'
  9. 'There he was, just 18 and at the start of a promising career, hurling javelins around as if they were paper aeroplanes and delighting in the accolades and awards bestowed upon him.'
  10. 'Light cavalry carried a small sword and two or three javelins while the heavy force was equipped with scimitar, mace and a 4 meter lance.'
  11. 'She also won gold at other athletics events including the javelin, cross-country and 100m.'
  12. 'Lewis resumes action in the Olympic Stadium today in the long jump before the event concludes with the javelin and 800m where she has made a vast improvement this year.'
  13. 'The ancient Greeks pioneered several complex athletic techniques, especially in events such as the javelin and long-jump.'

More definitions

1. a light spear, usually thrown by hand.

2. Track. 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. verb (used with object)

3. to strike or pierce with or as if with a javelin.

More examples(as adjective)

"medallists can be javelin."

"titles can be javelin."

"throwers can be javelin."

"medals can be javelin."

"finals can be javelin."

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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French javeline, of Celtic origin.