I. noun Etymology: Middle English spure, from Old English spura; akin to Old English spurnan to kick — more at spurn Date: before 12th century 1. a. a pointed device secured to a rider's heel and used to urge on the horse b. plural [from the acquisition of spurs by a person achieving knighthood] recognition and reward for achievement <
won his academic spurs as the holder of a chair in a university — James Mountford
2. a goad to action ; stimulus 3. something projecting like or suggesting a spur: as a. a projecting root or branch of a tree, shrub, or vine b. (1) a stiff sharp spine (as on the wings or legs of a bird or insect); especially one on a cock's leg (2) a gaff for a gamecock c. a hollow projecting appendage of a corolla or calyx (as in larkspur or columbine) d. a bony outgrowth (as on the heel of the foot) e. climbing iron 4. a. an angular projection, offshoot, or branch extending out beyond or away from a main body or formation; especially a ridge or lesser elevation that extends laterally from a mountain or mountain range b. a railroad track that branches off from a main line 5. a reinforcing buttress of masonry in a fortification Synonyms: see motive II. verb (spurred; spurring) Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to urge (a horse) on with spurs 2. to incite to action or accelerated growth or development ; stimulate 3. to put spurs on intransitive verb to spur one's horse on

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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