Spur meaning

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To spur is defined as to urge on.

An example of to spur is to cheer on a friend in a race.

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A short spike or spiked wheel that attaches to the heel of a rider's boot and is used to urge a horse forward.
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A spurlike attachment or projection, as:
  • A spinelike process on the leg of some birds.
  • A climbing iron; a crampon.
  • A gaff attached to the leg of a gamecock.
  • A short or stunted branch of a tree.
  • A bony outgrowth or protuberance.
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A lateral ridge projecting from a mountain or mountain range.
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An oblique reinforcing prop or stay of timber or masonry.
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A spur track.
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Anything that urges, impels, or incites; stimulus to action.
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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.

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An incentive.

A spur to action.

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A tubular or saclike extension of the corolla or calyx of a flower, as in a columbine or larkspur.
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An ergot growing on rye.
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To urge (a horse) on by the use of spurs.
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To incite or stimulate.
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To ride quickly by spurring a horse.
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Any of various pointed devices worn on the heel by the rider of a horse and used to urge the horse forward.
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Something like a spur.
  • 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 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.
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A range or ridge projecting in a lateral direction from the main mass of a mountain or mountain range.
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A slender, tubelike structure formed by a basal extension of one or more petals or sepals, often serving as a nectar receptacle; calcar.
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To strike or prick with a spur or spurs.
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To urge, incite, or stimulate to action, greater effort, etc.
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To provide with a spur or spurs.
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To strike or injure as with a spur.
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To spur one's horse.
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A spine or projection from a bone.
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A small ridge that projects sharply from the side of a larger hill or mountain.
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A projection from a bone, as on the heel of the foot.
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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.
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Anything that inspires or motivates, as a spur does to a horse.
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An appendage or spike pointing rearward, near the foot, for instance that of a rooster.
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Any protruding part connected at one end, for instance a highway that extends from another highway into a city.
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Roots, tree roots.
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A mountain that shoots from another mountain or range and extends some distance in a lateral direction, or at right angles.
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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.
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(carpentry) A brace strengthening a post and some connected part, such as a rafter or crossbeam; a strut.
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(architecture) The short wooden buttress of a post.
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(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.
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Ergotized rye or other grain.
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A wall in a fortification that crosses a part of a rampart and joins to an inner wall.
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(shipbuilding) A piece of timber fixed on the bilgeways before launching, having the upper ends bolted to the vessel's side.
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(shipbuilding) A curved piece of timber serving as a half to support the deck where a whole beam cannot be placed.
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To prod (especially a horse) in the side or flank, with the intent to urge motion or haste, to gig.
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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.
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To put spurs on; as, a spurred boot.
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(Scotland) A sparrow.
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A tern.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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(soccer) Someone connected with Tottenham Hotspur FC, as a fan, player, coach etc.
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on the spur of the moment
  • Hastily and abruptly; without forethought or preparation.
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win one's spurs
  • To attain distinction or honor, esp. for the first time; establish one's reputation.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of spur

  • Middle English spure from Old English spura sperə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English spora.

    From Wiktionary

  • See sparrow.

    From Wiktionary