Crossword clues for spur
- Poker in a western
- 2014 N.B.A. champ
- Cowboy boot accessory
- What might be used with a "Giddy-up!"
- Spike on a cowboy boot
- What you might use when you say "Giddyup!"
- A verbalization that encourages you to attempt something
- Any pointed projection
- Tubular extension at the base of the corolla in some flowers
- A sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward
- A railway line connected to a trunk line
- San Antonio cager
- Bone affliction
- Horseman's prod
- Product of a lorimer
- Cowhand's gear
- Urge onward
- Give impetus to
- Boot adjunct
- Cowpoke's poker
- Wrangler's boot item
- Fox hunter's goad
- Rider's prod
- Place for a rowel
- One down at the heels?
- Item on a cowboy boot
- Railroad siding
- Railway siding
- It's used with a "giddyup!"
- Part of a cowboy's boot
- Cowboy boot attachment
- Urge (on)
- Side track
- Side line
- Pony provoker
- Egg on
- San Antonio player
- Cowboy boot feature
- Cowboy boot part
- It may be down at the heel
- Track branch
- Poker variety?
- Thing on a cowboy's boot
- Urge on
- Boot accessory
- Cowboy's prod
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Spur \Spur\ (sp[^u]r), n. [See Sparrow.] (Zo["o]l.)
A sparrow. [Scot.]
A tern. [Prov. Eng.]
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]17
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.
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.
Something that projects; a snag.
One of the large or principal roots of a tree.
(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.
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.
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.
(Carp.) A brace strengthening a post and some connected part, as a rafter or crossbeam; a strut.
The short wooden buttress of a post.
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.
Any projecting appendage of a flower looking like a spur.
Ergotized rye or other grain. [R.]
(Fort.) A wall that crosses a part of a rampart and joins to an inner wall.
A piece of timber fixed on the bilge ways before launching, having the upper ends bolted to the vessel's side.
A curved piece of timber serving as a half beam to support the deck where a whole beam can not be placed.
(Mining) A branch of a vein.
The track of an animal, as an otter; a spoor.
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.
Spur \Spur\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spurred (sp[^u]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Spurring.]
To prick with spurs; to incite to a more hasty pace; to urge or goad; as, to spur a horse.
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.
To put spurs on; as, a spurred boot.
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.''
The Parthians shall be there,
And, spurring from the fight, confess their fear.
The roads leading to the capital were covered with
multitudes of yeomen, spurring hard to Westminster.
Some bold men, . . . by spurring on, refine themselves.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1200, from spur (n.). Figurative use from c.1500. Related: Spurred; spurring. Old English had spyrian, but it meant "follow the track of, track down, investigate."
Old English spura, spora "metal implement worn on the heel to goad a horse" (related to spurnan "to kick"), from Proto-Germanic *spuron (cognates: Old Norse spori, Middle Dutch spore, Dutch spoor, Old High German sporo, German Sporn "spur"), from PIE *spere- "ankle" (see spurn). Related to Dutch spoor, Old English spor "track, footprint, trace."\n
\nGeneralized sense of "anything that urges on, stimulus," is from late 14c. As a sharp projection on the leg of a cock, from 1540s. Meaning "a ridge projecting off a mountain mass" is recorded from 1650s. Of railway lines from 1837. "Widely extended senses ... are characteristic of a horsey race" [Weekley]. Expression on the spur of the moment (1801) preserves archaic phrase on the spur "in great haste" (1520s). To win one's spurs is to gain knighthood by some valorous act, gilded spurs being the distinctive mark of a knight.
Etymology 1 n. 1 A rigid implement, often roughly y-shaped, that is fixed to one's heel for the purpose of prodding a horse. Often worn by, and emblematic of, the cowboy or the knight. 2 Anything that inspires or motivates, as a spur does to a horse. 3 An appendage or spike pointing rearward, near the foot, for instance that of a rooster. 4 Any protruding part connected at one end, for instance a highway that extends from another highway into a city. 5 root, tree roots. 6 A mountain that shoots from another mountain or range and extends 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 (context carpentry English) A brace strengthening a post and some connected part, such as a rafter or crossbeam; a strut. 9 (context architecture English) The short wooden buttress of a post. 10 (context architecture English) 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. 11 ergotized rye or other grain. 12 A wall in a fortification that crosses a part of a rampart and joins to an inner wall. 13 (context shipbuilding English) A piece of timber fixed on the bilgeways before launching, having the upper ends bolted to the vessel's side. 14 (context shipbuilding English) A curved piece of timber serving as a half to support the deck where a whole beam cannot be placed. 15 (cx mining English) A branch of a vein. vb. 1 To prod (especially a horse) in the side or flank, with the intent to urge motion or haste, to gig. 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. 3 To put spurs on; as, a spurred boot. Etymology 2
n. 1 (context Scotland English) A sparrow. 2 A tern. Etymology 3
n. (cx electronics English) A spurious tone, one that interferes with a signal in a circuit and is often masked underneath that signal. Etymology 4
n. The track of an animal, such as an otter; a spoor.
any pointed projection [syn: spine]
tubular extension at the base of the corolla in some flowers
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" [syn: gad]
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A spur is a metal tool designed to be worn in pairs on the heels of riding boots for the purpose of directing a horse to move forward or laterally while riding. It is usually used to refine the riding aids (commands) and to back up the natural aids (the leg, seat, hands and voice). The spur is used in many equestrian disciplines. There are rules in most equestrian organizations about spur design, use and penalties for using spurs in any manner that constitutes animal abuse.
A spur (French griffe, German Eckblatt), in architecture, is the ornament carved on the angles of the base of early columns.
A spur in botany is a spike, usually part of a flower.
In certain plants, part of a sepal or petal develops into an elongated hollow spike extending behind the flower, containing nectar which is sucked by long-tongued animals (insects, birds or bats). Plants with such structures include Delphinium, Aquilegia, Piperia, and some orchids, such as Gymnadenia. Spurs may be useful in species identification – for example Yadon's piperia cannot be easily distinguished from other Piperia save for the unusually short length of its spur.
In tropical pitcher plants of the genus Nepenthes, the spur is a small appendage at the base of the pitcher lid.
Spur (1913–1930) was an American thoroughbred racehorse. In 1916, he won eight major races and finished second in the Belmont Stakes. At age four, he equaled the Empire City track record for a mile and a sixteenth on the dirt in winning his second straight Yonkers Handicap. As a sire, standing at James Butler's Eastview Farm in Tarrytown, New York, Spur's best progeny was Sting.
Spur died on May 31, 1930 at Eastview Farm.
A spur is an outgrowth of bone covered in a sheath of horn found in various anatomical locations in some animals. Unlike claws or nails, which grow from the tip of the toes, spurs form from other parts of the foot, usually in connection with joints where the toes meet the foot or the foot meets the long bones. Spurs are most commonly found on the hindfeet, though some birds possess spurs at the leading edge of the wings.
SPUR is an independent student newspaper that is distributed to all major university campuses in Adelaide, Australia. The first issue was released early in 2012, and the SPUR Magazine website was launched in November 2012. Three print editions were released in 2012, with plans for a monthly schedule in 2013. The website is updated with a new post thrice daily.
A spur is a metal instrument fastened to the heel of a horse rider.
Spur may also refer to:
- Spur (horse), an American thoroughbred racehorse
- Spur (zoology), an outgrowth of bone covered in a sheath of horn
Bone spurs, skeletal disorder forming small bony outgrowth along joint margins
- Heel spur, a thin spike of calcification in the human foot
- A condition such as plantar fasciitis, in which "spurs" develop on certain parts of a bone
- Spur (botany), an elongated appendage of certain sepals
- Spur (vine), one-year-old wood of a grapevine that is pruned back to leave just one or two buds to be used for next year's crop of grapes
- Spur (topography), a mountain ridge projecting laterally from a main mountain or mountain range
- Spur, Texas, United States
- Spur line, a short railway (railroad) branching from a main line
- Spur route, a short road branching from longer, more important route
- Spur trail, a shorter trail which branches from a longer route
- SPUR (magazine), a student magazine in Adelaide, Australia
- San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, a non-profit research, education, and advocacy organization
- Gruppe SPUR, a German artistic collaboration, and their journal of the same name
- Spur Steak Ranches, a chain of steakhouses in South Africa
- Spur gas, North American gas stations operated by Murphy Oil
- Tottenham Hotspur F.C., an association football team based in North London, England
- The San Antonio Spurs, a National Basketball Association team based in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
- The Chancellor's Spurs, a traveling trophy awarded to the winner of the college football game between Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at Austin
- The Witbank Spurs, an association football club from South Africa
- SPURS National Honor Society, a collegiate sophomore honor-service society in the United States
- Spur (architecture), the ornament carved on the angles of the bases of early columns
- Spur (typography), a small continuation of part of a printed letter, especially an uppercase G
- Spur, or a spurious tone, a tone in an electronic circuit which interferes with a signal
- Spur, or trace (linear algebra), sum of the elements on the main diagonal
- Spur Award, an annual literary prize awarded by the Western Writers of America
- Spur gear, the simplest and probably most common type of gear
- Spurs (short story), a short story by Tod Robbins that served as the basis of the film Freaks
Spur is a feature on Earth's Moon, a crater in the Hadley–Apennine region. Astronauts David Scott and James Irwin visited it in 1971, on the Apollo 15 mission, during EVA 2. Spur was designated Geology Station 7.
Spur is located on the north slope of Mons Hadley Delta, about 200 m above the plain to the north. It is east of the much larger St. George crater, and about 5 km south of the Apollo 15 landing site itself.
The astronauts found the " Genesis Rock", sample 15415, at Spur. The sample contains a large clast of anorthosite, and Dave Scott said "Guess what we just found! I think we found what we came for" as he examined the sample. They also found samples 15445 and 15455, so-called black and white breccias, which are thought to be impact melt breccia resulting from the Imrbrium basin impact event.
The crater was named by the astronauts, and the name was formally adopted by the IAU in 1973.
Usage examples of "spur".
Airthrey Castle, standing in a fine park with a lake, adjoins the town on the south-east, and just beyond it are the old church and burying-ground of Logie, beautifully situated at the foot of a granite spur of the Ochil range.
As the adulation showered upon Napoleon reaches a fevered pitch and spurs a movement to name him First Consul for Life with the right to name a successor, Josephine has misgivings.
Among the molluscs and zoophytes, I found in the meshes of the net several species of alcyonarians, echini, hammers, spurs, dials, cerites, and hyalleae.
But now the trumpets blew a fanfare, and forth rode divers gallant knights, who, spurring rearing steeds, charged amain to gore, to smite and batter each other with right good will while the concourse shouted, caps waved and scarves and ribands fluttered.
Michel invested Aumery with a white belt and golden spurs, and instructed him in his duties.
Spurred on by their avariciousness and vaulting ambition, they had endeavored to wrest her empire away from her in the most underhanded way, seriously underestimating her in the process.
An eye for an eye, the old book says, and I was waiting for Aymer to come of age and earn his spurs.
Gunther bade Siegfried spur ahead and announce his safe return to his family and subjects.
He then shewed me the steel spurs, at the sight of which the cock began to ruffle and crow.
The doctor went upstairs, and buckled on a long-necked pair of old-fashioned spurs, and Mrs.
One cachalot killed, it ran at the next, tacked on the spot that it might not miss its prey, going forwards and backwards, answering to its helm, plunging when the cetacean dived into the deep waters, coming up with it when it returned to the surface, striking it front or sideways, cutting or tearing in all directions and at any pace, piercing it with its terrible spur.
I had no time to spare in clambering up it, for I had to tear my heel out of the mouth of the foremost of them, and might have been dragged down by it had he not found my spur too tough a morsel for his chewing.
Less than ten yards from where I stood, a wide, flat spur of tawny rock extended out from the Mogado side of the bank some twenty-five feet over the river, and upon it, slithering atop one another, stacked almost to the height of a man, were dozens of crocs, perhaps more than a hundred.
Spurred by the vast wartime use of secret communications, and beckoned by the new age of mechanization, they independently created the machine whose principle is perhaps the most widely used in cryptography today.
After crossing one of the low spurs of the Nikkosan mountains, we wound among ravines whose steep sides are clothed with maple, oak, magnolia, elm, pine, and cryptomeria, linked together by festoons of the redundant Wistaria chinensis, and brightened by azalea and syringa clusters.