- 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.
spur definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
- 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
- spurrer noun
spur definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A short spike or spiked wheel that attaches to the heel of a rider's boot and is used to urge a horse forward.
- Something that serves as a goad or incentive.
- 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.
- 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).
- To ride quickly by spurring a horse.
- To proceed in haste.
Origin: Middle English spure, from Old English spura; see sperə- in Indo-European roots.
spur - Medical Definition
spur - Phrases/Idioms
on the spur of the moment
win one's spurs
spur - Science Definition
- A small ridge that projects sharply from the side of a larger hill or mountain.
- A projection from a bone, as on the heel of the foot.