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boomerang


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Boomerang  \Boom"er*ang\,  n. 
  A  very  singular  missile  weapon  used  by  the  natives  of 
  Australia  and  in  some  parts  of  India.  It  is  usually  a  curved 
  stick  of  hard  wood,  from  twenty  to  thirty  inches  in  length, 
  from  two  to  three  inches  wide,  and  half  or  three  quarters  of 
  an  inch  thick.  When  thrown  from  the  hand  with  a  quick  rotary 
  motion,  it  describes  very  remarkable  curves,  according  to  the 
  shape  of  the  instrument  and  the  manner  of  throwing  it  often 
  moving  nearly  horizontally  a  long  distance,  then  curving 
  upward  to  a  considerable  height,  and  finally  taking  a 
  retrograde  direction,  so  as  to  fall  near  the  place  from  which 
  it  was  thrown,  or  even  far  in  the  rear  of  it 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  boomerang 
  n  1:  (Australian)  a  curved  piece  of  wood;  when  properly  thrown 
  will  return  to  thrower  [syn:  {throwing  stick},  {throw 
  stick}] 
  2:  a  miscalculation  that  recoils  on  its  maker  [syn:  {backfire}] 
  v  :  return  to  the  initial  position  from  where  it  came  like  a 
  boomerang 




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