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harpoon


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Harpoon  \Har*poon"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Harpooned};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Harpooning}.] 
  To  strike,  catch,  or  kill  with  a  harpoon. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Harpoon  \Har*poon"\,  n.  [F.  harpon,  LL  harpo,  perh.  of  Ger. 
  origin,  fr  the  harp;  cf  F.  harper  to  take  and  grasp 
  strongly,  harpe  a  dog's  claw,  harpin  boathook  (the  sense  of 
  hook  coming  from  the  shape  of  the  harp);  but  cf  also  Gr  ? 
  the  kite,  sickle,  and  E.  harpy.  Cf  {Harp}.] 
  A  spear  or  javelin  used  to  strike  and  kill  large  fish,  as 
  whales;  a  harping  iron.  It  consists  of  a  long  shank,  with  a 
  broad,  fiat,  triangular  head,  sharpened  at  both  edges,  and  is 
  thrown  by  hand,  or  discharged  from  a  gun. 
 
  {Harpoon  fork},  a  kind  of  hayfork,  consisting  of  bar  with 
  hinged  barbs  at  one  end  a  loop  for  a  rope  at  the  other 
  end  used  for  lifting  hay  from  the  load  by  horse  power. 
 
  {Harpoon  gun},  a  gun  used  in  the  whale  fishery  for  shooting 
  the  harpoon  into  a  whale. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  harpoon 
  n  :  an  implement  with  a  shaft  and  barbed  point  for  throwing; 
  used  for  catching  large  fish  or  whales;  a  strong  line  is 
  attached  to  it 
  v  :  spear  with  a  harpoon;  "harpoon  whales 




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