Spur
Spur Spur, n. [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. [1913 Webster]

And on her feet a pair of spurs large. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

2. That which goads to action; an incitement. [1913 Webster]

Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise (That last infirmity of noble mind) To scorn delights and live laborious days. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Something that projects; a snag. [1913 Webster]

4. One of the large or principal roots of a tree. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. (Zo["o]l.) 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

8. (Carp.) A brace strengthening a post and some connected part, as a rafter or crossbeam; a strut. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

10. (Bot.) (a) Any projecting appendage of a flower looking like a spur. --Gray. (b) Ergotized rye or other grain. [R.] [1913 Webster]

11. (Fort.) A wall that crosses a part of a rampart and joins to an inner wall. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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} (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 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. [1913 Webster]


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  • SPUR — SPUR, auch S. P. U. R., war eine avantgardistische Gruppe bildender Künstler, die 1958 in München gegründet wurde. Sie leistete einen wichtigen künstlerischen und mit ihrem Manifest auch theoretischen Beitrag zur deutschen Avantgarde nach 1945.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • spur — spur; spur·blind; spur·less; spur·ling; spur·ri·er; spur·ry; spur·tive; spur·tle; spur·rey; …   English syllables

  • Spur — Spur: Das altgerm. Substantiv mhd. spur, spor, ahd. spor, niederl. spoor, aengl. spor, schwed. spår ist im Sinne von »Tritt, Fußabdruck« verwandt mit ahd. spurnan »spornen«, aengl. spurnan »anstoßen, verschmähen« und aisl. sporna, sperna »treten …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • spur — [spʉr] n. [ME spure < OE spura, akin to Ger sporn < IE base * sp(h)er , to jerk, push with the foot > SPURN, Sans sphurāti, (he) kicks away, L spernere, lit., to push away] 1. any of various pointed devices worn on the heel by the rider… …   English World dictionary

  • Spur — Sf std. (8. Jh.), mhd. spür, spur f./n., ahd. spur n., mndd. spor, mndl. spor n Stammwort. Aus g. * spura n. Spur , auch in anord. spor, ae. spor n. Ableitung aus dem unter Sporn behandelten g. * spur na Vst. treten , also eigentlich Tritt .… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Spur — Spur, Spurweite (gauge; écartement des rails; scartamento), die gegenseitige Entfernung der beiden zu einem Gleis gehörigen Schienenstränge senkrecht zwischen den Innenkanten der Schienenköpfe, u.zw. nach den T.V. 14 mm unter Schienenoberkante… …   Enzyklopädie des Eisenbahnwesens

  • spur — (n.) O.E. spura, spora (related to spurnan to kick, see SPURN (Cf. spurn)), from P.Gmc. *spuron (Cf. O.N. spori, M.Du. spore, Du. spoor, O.H.G. sporo, Ger. Sporn spur ), from PIE *spere ankle ( …   Etymology dictionary

  • Spur — Spur, v. t. [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. [1913 Webster] 2. To urge or encourage to action, or to a more vigorous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spur — Spur, v. i. 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. [1913 Webster] The Parthians shall be there, And, spurring from the fight, confess their… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spur — Spur, TX U.S. city in Texas Population (2000): 1088 Housing Units (2000): 641 Land area (2000): 1.615794 sq. miles (4.184888 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.615794 sq. miles (4.184888 sq. km)… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

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