harpoon

noun har·poon \ här-ˈpün \
Updated on: 3 Jan 2018

Definition of harpoon

: a barbed spear or javelin used especially in hunting large fish or whales

harpoon

transitive verb

harpooner

noun

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Origin and Etymology of harpoon

probably from Dutch harpoen, from Middle Dutch, from Old French harpon brooch, from harper to grapple


HARPOON Defined for English Language Learners

harpoon

noun

Definition of harpoon for English Language Learners

  • : a long weapon used especially for hunting large fish or whales


HARPOON Defined for Kids

1

harpoon

noun har·poon \ här-ˈpün \

Definition of harpoon for Students

: a barbed spear used especially for hunting whales and large fish

2

harpoon

verb

Definition of harpoon for Students

harpooned; harpooning
: to strike with a barbed spear

Medical Dictionary

harpoon

noun har·poon \ här-ˈpün \

medical Definition of harpoon

: a medical instrument with a barbed head used for removing bits of living tissue for examination


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