[jav-lin, jav-uh-] /ˈdʒæv lɪn, ˈdʒæv ə-/

a light spear, usually thrown by hand.

verb (used with object)
to strike or pierce with or as if with a javelin.
a long pointed spear thrown as a weapon or in competitive field events
the javelin, the event or sport of throwing the javelin

late 15c., from Middle French javeline (15c.), fem. diminutive of Old French javelot “a spear,” probably from Gaulish (cf. Old Irish gabul “fork;” Welsh gafl “fork,” gaflach “feathered spear”), ultimately from PIE *ghabholo- “a fork, branch of a tree.” Also found in Italian (giavelotto) and Middle High German (gabilot). Javelot also was borrowed in Middle English, but this is the form of the word that has endured.

(1.) Heb. hanith, a lance, from its flexibility (1 Sam. 18:10, 11; 19:9, 10; 20:33). (2.) Heb. romah, a lance for heavy-armed troops, so called from its piercing (Num. 25:7). (See ARMS.)


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