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Definition of the noun throwing stick

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  1. a device resembling a sling that is used in various primitive societies to propel a dart or spear
  2. a curved piece of wood; when properly thrown will return to thrower


The throwing stick or throwing club is one of the first weapons used by early humans and cultures all around the world. In essence, it is a short stave or wooden club thrown as a projectile to hunt small game such as rabbits or waterfowl. In flight, it rotates rapidly, hitting the target with one of the ends, maiming or killing it. The difference between a throwing stick and a javelin is in their shapes and lengths. A javelin is almost always a straight shaft with either a pointed tip or a spearhead attached to the front end. A throwing stick can be straight like a pointed wooden shaft or curved like the boomerang, and is much shorter than the javelin. It became obsolete as slings and bows became more prevalent. Throwing sticks shaped like returning boomerangs are designed to go straight to a target. Their surfaces are not shaped unevenly like airfoils, but are symmetrical on both sides, and do not exhibit curved flight.

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Google previewDictionary of Daily Life of Indians of the Americas (1981)

The atlatl, also called spear thrower, throwing stick, throwing board, or dart sling, was a device for giving additional force and accuracy in throwing a dart, spear, ...

Google previewNelson's Foundational Bible Dictionary with the New King James Version Bible (2014)

by Katherine Harris

THROWING STICK TI•BE′RI•AS, SEA OF See TIBERIAS and GALILEE, SEA OF . TI•BE′RI•US CAE′ SAR See CAESAR. See JAVELIN and SPEAR. THRUSH TIB′ HATH (slaughter) A city of Aramzobah (1 Ch 18:8). In 2Samuel Any of ...

Google previewPonapean-English Dictionary (1979)

by Kenneth L. Rehg, Damian G. Sohl

a throwing stick, ...

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