harpoon

Part of speech: verb

To strike with a harpoon.

Part of speech: noun

A barbed missile weapon, carrying a long cord for striking whales or the like.

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Usage examples "harpoon":

  1. Mapfarity plunged a hollow harpoon into the isle of floating protoplasm and through a tube connected to that poured into the Skin three gallons of the dream- snake venom. - "Rastignac the Devil", Philip José Farmer.
  2. When the hunters see a herd of walrus, either on a piece of drift- ice or in the water, they endeavour silently and against the wind to approach sufficiently near to one of the animals to be able to harpoon it. - "The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II", A.E. Nordenskieold.
  3. In another instant the boat's bow was on the whale's head, and Rokens buried a harpoon deep in its side. - "The Red Eric", R.M. Ballantyne.