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spur

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spur \Spur\ (sp[^u]r), noun [See {Sparrow}.] (Zool.) (a) A sparrow. [Scot.] (b) A tern. [Prov. Eng.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spur \Spur\, noun [OE. spure, spore, AS. spura, spora; akin to D. spoor, G. sporn, OHG. sporo, Icel. spori, Dan. spore, Sw. sporre, and to AS. spor a trace, footstep, spyrian to trace, track, examine, and E. spurn. [root]171. Cf. {Sparrow}, {Spere}, {Spoor}, {Spurn}.]

1. An implement secured to the heel, or above the heel, of a horseman, to urge the horse by its pressure. Modern spurs have a small wheel, or rowel, with short points. Spurs were the badge of knighthood.

And on her feet a pair of spurs large. --Chaucer.

2. That which goads to action; an incitement.

Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise (That last infirmity of noble mind) To scorn delights and live laborious days. --Milton.

3. Something that projects; a snag.

4. One of the large or principal roots of a tree. --Shak.

5. (Zool.) Any stiff, sharp spine, as on the wings and legs of certain birds, on the legs of insects, etc.; especially, the spine on a cock's leg.

6. A mountain that shoots from any other mountain, or range of mountains, and extends to some distance in a lateral direction, or at right angles.

7. A spiked iron worn by seamen upon the bottom of the boot, to enable them to stand upon the carcass of a whale, to strip off the blubber.

8. (Carp.) A brace strengthening a post and some connected part, as a rafter or crossbeam; a strut.

9. (Arch.) (a) The short wooden buttress of a post. (b) A projection from the round base of a column, occupying the angle of a square plinth upon which the base rests, or bringing the bottom bed of the base to a nearly square form. It is generally carved in leafage.

10. (Bot.) (a) Any projecting appendage of a flower looking like a spur. --Gray. (b) Ergotized rye or other grain. [R.]

11. (Fort.) A wall that crosses a part of a rampart and joins to an inner wall.

12. (Shipbuilding) (a) A piece of timber fixed on the bilge ways before launching, having the upper ends bolted to the vessel's side. (b) A curved piece of timber serving as a half beam to support the deck where a whole beam can not be placed.

13. (Mining) A branch of a vein. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

14. The track of an animal, as an otter; a spoor. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Spur fowl} (Zool.), any one of several species of Asiatic gallinaceous birds of the genus {Galloperdix}, allied to the jungle fowl. The males have two or more spurs on each leg.

{Spur gear} (Mach.), a cogwheel having teeth which project radially and stand parallel to the axis; a spur wheel.

{Spur gearing}, gearing in which spur gears are used. See under {Gearing}.

{Spur pepper}. (Bot.) See the Note under {Capsicum}.

{Spur wheel}. Same as {Spur gear}, above.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spur \Spur\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Spurred} (sp[^u]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Spurring}.]

1. To prick with spurs; to incite to a more hasty pace; to urge or goad; as, to spur a horse.

2. To urge or encourage to action, or to a more vigorous pursuit of an object; to incite; to stimulate; to instigate; to impel; to drive.

Love will not be spurred to what it loathes. --Shak.

3. To put spurs on; as, a spurred boot.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spur \Spur\, verb (used without an object) To spur on one's horse; to travel with great expedition; to hasten; hence, to press forward in any pursuit. "Now spurs the lated traveler." --Shak.

The Parthians shall be there, And, spurring from the fight, confess their fear. --Dryden.

The roads leading to the capital were covered with multitudes of yeomen, spurring hard to Westminster. --Macaulay.

Some bold men, . . . by spurring on, refine themselves. --Grew.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

spur

noun

1: a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something; "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves" [syn: {goad}, {goading}, {prod}, {prodding}, {urging}, {spur}, {spurring}]

2: any sharply pointed projection [syn: {spur}, {spine}, {acantha}]

3: tubular extension at the base of the corolla in some flowers

4: a sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward; "cowboys know not to squat with their spurs on" [syn: {spur}, {gad}]

5: a railway line connected to a trunk line [syn: {branch line}, {spur track}, {spur}]

verb

1: incite or stimulate; "The Academy was formed to spur research"

2: give heart or courage to [syn: {spur}, {goad}]

3: strike with a spur

4: goad with spurs; "the rider spurred his horse"

5: equip with spurs; "spur horses"

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