- The definition of a spur is anything that pushes someone or something forward or a device that goes over a shoe during horseback riding for the rider to use to push the horse forward.
- An example of spur is a prize that drives someone to win the race.
- An example of spur is an item that a cowboy wears on his boots.
- To spur is defined as to urge on.
An example of to spur is to cheer on a friend in a race.
Spurs on a cowboy boot.
- any of various pointed devices worn on the heel by the rider of a horse and used to urge the horse forward
- anything that urges, impels, or incites; stimulus to action
- something like a spur; specif.,
- a spinelike process, as on the wings or legs of certain birds
- a spinelike outgrowth of bone, as on the human heel, resulting from injury, disease, etc.
- a climbing iron, as used by lumberjacks
- a sharp metal device attached as a weapon to the leg of a gamecock in a cockfight
- a short, stunted, or projecting branch or shoot of a tree, etc.
- a range or ridge projecting in a lateral direction from the main mass of a mountain or mountain range
- a buttress, as of masonry, or any similar structure
- a short wooden reinforcing piece; brace; strut
- spur track
- Bot. a slender, tubelike structure formed by a basal extension of one or more petals or sepals, often serving as a nectar receptacle; calcar
Origin of spurMiddle English spure ; from Old English spura, akin to German sporn ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sp(h)er-, to jerk, push with the foot from source spurn, Sanskrit sphurāti, (he) kicks away, Classical Latin spernere, literally , to push away
transitive verbspurred, spurring
- to strike or prick with a spur or spurs
- to urge, incite, or stimulate to action, greater effort, etc.
- to provide with a spur or spurs
- to strike or injure as with a spur (sense )
- to spur one's horse
- to hurry; hasten
on the spur of the moment
win one's spurs
- A short spike or spiked wheel that attaches to the heel of a rider's boot and is used to urge a horse forward.
- An incentive: a spur to action.
- A spurlike attachment or projection, as:a. A spinelike process on the leg of some birds.b. A climbing iron; a crampon.c. A gaff attached to the leg of a gamecock.d. A short or stunted branch of a tree.e. A bony outgrowth or protuberance.
- A lateral ridge projecting from a mountain or mountain range.
- An oblique reinforcing prop or stay of timber or masonry.
- Botany A tubular or saclike extension of the corolla or calyx of a flower, as in a columbine or larkspur.
- An ergot growing on rye.
- A spur track.
verbspurred spurred, spur·ring, spurs
- To urge (a horse) on by the use of spurs.
- To incite or stimulate: “A business tax cut is needed to spur industrial investment” (New York Times).
Origin of spurMiddle English spure, from Old English spura; see sper&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
top: metal spurs
bottom: on a columbine flower
- A rigid implement, often roughly y-shaped, that is fixed to one's heel for purpose of prodding a horse. Often worn by, and emblematic of, the cowboy or the knight.
- Anything that inspires or motivates, as a spur does to a horse.
- An appendage or spike pointing rearward, near the foot, for instance that of a rooster.
- Any protruding part connected at one end, for instance a highway that extends from another highway into a city.
- Roots, tree roots.
- A mountain that shoots from another mountain or range and extends some distance in a lateral direction, or at right angles.
- 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.
- (carpentry) A brace strengthening a post and some connected part, such as a rafter or crossbeam; a strut.
- (architecture) The short wooden buttress of a post.
- (architecture) 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.
- Ergotized rye or other grain.
- A wall in a fortification that crosses a part of a rampart and joins to an inner wall.
- (shipbuilding) A piece of timber fixed on the bilgeways before launching, having the upper ends bolted to the vessel's side.
- (shipbuilding) A curved piece of timber serving as a half to support the deck where a whole beam cannot be placed.
(third-person singular simple present spurs, present participle spurring, simple past and past participle spurred)
Old English spora.