Definition of spearlike in US English:



  • Long and narrow with a sharp pointed end.

    ‘long spearlike leaves’
    • ‘She had strange, stab-like wounds, which fitted a home-made, spear-like object found at the scene.’
    • ‘Abruptly there was an edge with no land, just a dense peninsula of spear-like reeds bursting into the water.’
    • ‘Leaves are of every shape possible for a leaf to be: round, heart shaped, long and thin, spear-like, hairy, prickly.’
    • ‘Each member would also carry a Pike (a spear-like weapon used at the time, with great effect against cavalry)’
    • ‘It was an old cemetery, though not Blackpool's oldest, ringed by a high iron fence topped with spearlike barbs.’
    • ‘Freestanding bulbs, showing those spear-like buds or unopened flowers, can be set into water, potting soil or clean aquarium gravel.’
    • ‘Scientists were intrigued to discover a spear-like object within the upper spine and skull of the mummy.’
    • ‘Terns can be recognised by their characteristic black heads and red spear-like bills.’
    • ‘A single spearlike shaft of moonlight picked out her features.’
    • ‘He would have been shrugged off as just another unlucky cancer victim had not his widow been determined to find out what the tiny spear-like fibres in his lungs were.’
    • ‘The ancient weapon uses a throwing stick to propel spearlike projectiles farther and harder than hunters can with arm power alone.’
    sharp, spear-like, needle-like, spear-shaped, v-shaped, tapering, tapered, cone-shaped, conic, conical, acute, sharp-cornered, wedge-shaped, sharp-edged, edged, jagged, spiky, spiked, barbed
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