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Meaning of HARPOON

Pronunciation:  hâr'poon

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a spear with a shaft and barbed point for throwing; used for catching large fish or whales; a strong line is attached to it
  2. [v]  spear with a harpoon; "harpoon whales"

HARPOON is a 7 letter word that starts with H.


 See Also: catch, fishgig, fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, fizgig, fluke, gig, grab, harpoon line, lance, rig, spear, tackle, take hold of



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \Har*poon"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Harpooned}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Harpooning}.]
    To strike, catch, or kill with a harpoon.
 Definition: a thrown or thrust spear-like weapon armed with a detachable point fastened to a retrieving line.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: bag, catch, enmesh, ensnare, entangle, entrap, foul, hook, land, lasso, mesh, nail, net, noose, rope, sack, snag, snare, sniggle, spear, take, tangle, tangle up with, trap