Definition of harpoon verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

harpoon

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//hɑːˈpuːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hɑːrˈpuːn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they harpoon
BrE BrE//hɑːˈpuːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hɑːrˈpuːn//
 
he / she / it harpoons
BrE BrE//hɑːˈpuːnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hɑːrˈpuːnz//
 
past simple harpooned
BrE BrE//hɑːˈpuːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hɑːrˈpuːnd//
 
past participle harpooned
BrE BrE//hɑːˈpuːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hɑːrˈpuːnd//
 
-ing form harpooning
BrE BrE//hɑːˈpuːnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hɑːrˈpuːnɪŋ//
 
 
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harpoon something to hit something with a harpoon Thousands of whales have been harpooned in these waters. Word Origin early 17th cent. (denoting a barbed dart or spear): from French harpon, from harpe ‘dog's claw, clamp’, via Latin from Greek harpē ‘sickle’.
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