Definition of javelin
1 : a light spear thrown as a weapon of war or in hunting
2 : a slender usually metal shaft at least 260 centimeters long that is thrown for distance in a field event
Examples of javelin in a Sentence
from atop his horse the warrior hurled a javelin that pierced the chest of his hapless foe
Recent Examples of javelin from the Web
The 36-year-old competed in the shot put and javelin at last summer's Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Two women with Indiana ties were repeat winners late Thursday in the USA Track and Field Championships at Sacramento, Calif. Kara Winger, a three-time Olympian from Purdue, threw the javelin 206 feet for her seventh national title.
Riley McDermott took first in the age 15-16 turbo javelin at 68 feet.
The two-Olympic champ, two-time world champ and decathlon world recordholder hung up his spikes (and pole, and discus, and shot and javelin) after Rio.
Schedule: Friday -- 5 p.m. start for both track events and field events; Saturday -- 8 a.m. start for javelin, followed by other field events; track events begin at 10 a.m. Sunday –
The Aggies will have Kerley, London Victor in the decathlon, the javelin and, of course, the 4x400.
Zadroga won the pole vault with a record-tying mark of 11 feet and the javelin at 121-9.
Lawson’s mark of 166 feet, 11 inches in the javelin was a personal best.
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Origin and Etymology of javelin
Middle English chafeveleyn, from Middle French javeline, alteration of javelot, of Celt origin; akin to Old Irish gabul forked stick
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
JAVELIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of javelin for English Language Learners
: a long spear that people throw as far as they can as a sport
the javelin : an event in which people compete by trying to throw a javelin farther than everyone else
JAVELIN Defined for Kids
Definition of javelin for Students
1 : a light spear
2 : a slender rod thrown for distance in a track-and-field contest (javelin throw)
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