Ajavelin or long dart; also, later a crowbar. [< OldEngl. gafeluc = spear]

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  • javelot — [ ʒavlo ] n. m. • 1160; p. ê. gaul. °gabalaccos 1 ♦ Arme de trait, sorte de dard assez long et lourd qu on lançait à la main ou à l aide d une machine. ⇒ angon, framée, hast, javeline, lance , pilum. 2 ♦ Instrument de lancer en forme de lance… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Gavelock — Gav e*lock, n. [OE. gaveloc a dart, AS. gafeluc; cf. Icel. gaflok, MHG. gabil?t, OF. gavelot, glavelot, F. javelot, Ir. gabhla spear, W. gaflach fork, dart, E. glave, gaff] 1. A spear or dart. [R. & Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. An iron crow or lever.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • javelin — /jav lin, jav euh /, n. 1. a light spear, usually thrown by hand. 2. Track. a. a spearlike shaft about 81/2 ft. (2.7 m) long and usually made of wood, used in throwing for distance. b. Also called javelin throw. a competitive field event in which …   Universalium

  • javelin — jave•lin [[t]ˈdʒæv lɪn, ˈdʒæv ə [/t]] n. 1) a light spear, usu. thrown by hand 2) spo a spearlike shaft about 8½ ft. (2.7 m) long and usu. made of wood, used in throwing for distance as a field event • Etymology: 1505–15; < MF javeline, alter …   From formal English to slang

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