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Meaning of SPUR

Pronunciation:  spur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a railway line connected to a trunk line
  2. [n]  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"
  3. [n]  a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something; "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves"
  4. [n]  tubular extension at the base of the corolla in some flowers
  5. [n]  any pointed projection
  6. [v]  goad with spurs, as of horses when riding
  7. [v]  equip with spurs; "spur horses"
  8. [v]  strike with a spur
  9. [v]  give heart or courage to
  10. [v]  incite or stimulate; "The Academy was formed to spur research"

SPUR is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: branch line, gad, goad, goad, goading, prod, prodding, spine, spur track, spurring, urging
 See Also: advance, boost, boot, enation, encourage, encourage, encouragement, equip, fit, fit out, further, goad, goad, injure, line, loop-line, outfit, plant process, prod, projection, promote, rail line, railway line, rowel, strike, wound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Spur\, n.
    1. (Mining) A branch of a vein.
    2. The track of an animal, as an otter; a spoor.
  2. \Spur\, n. [See {Sparrow}.] (Zo["o]l.)
    (a) A sparrow. [Scot.]
    (b) A tern. [Prov. Eng.]
  3. \Spur\, n. [OE. spure, 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. (Zo["o]l.) Any stiff, sharp spine, as on the wings and
       legs of certain burds, 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
    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 to support
            the deck where a whole beam can not be placed.
    {Spur fowl} (Zo["o]l.), 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
    {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.
  4. \Spur\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spurred}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    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.
  5. \Spur\, v. i.
    To spur on one' 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.
          Some bold men, . . . by spurring on, refine themselves.
Computing Dictionary

An early system on the ibm 650.

[Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].

Biology Dictionary
  1. A tubular pouch at the base of a perianth part, often containing nectar.
  2. A dike anchored to higher ground at one end and exposed to current at the other.