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Meaning of harpoon

har•poon

Pronunciation: (här-pn'), [key]
— n.
  1. a barbed, spearlike missile attached to a rope, and thrown by hand or shot from a gun, used for killing and capturing whales and large fish.
  2. (cap.)a jet-powered, radar-guided U.S. Navy cruise missile with a high explosive warhead designed for use against surface ships and launchable from a surface vessel, submerged submarine, or aircraft.
—v.t.
  1. to strike, catch, or kill with or as if with a harpoon.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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