Associations to the word «Spur»

Wiktionary

SPUR, noun. 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.
SPUR, noun. Anything that inspires or motivates, as a spur does to a horse.
SPUR, noun. An appendage or spike pointing rearward, near the foot, for instance that of a rooster.
SPUR, noun. Any protruding part connected at one end, for instance a highway that extends from another highway into a city.
SPUR, noun. Roots, tree roots.
SPUR, noun. A mountain that shoots from another mountain or range and extends some distance in a lateral direction, or at right angles.
SPUR, noun. 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.
SPUR, noun. (carpentry) A brace strengthening a post and some connected part, such as a rafter or crossbeam; a strut.
SPUR, noun. (architecture) The short wooden buttress of a post.
SPUR, noun. (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.
SPUR, noun. Ergotized rye or other grain.
SPUR, noun. A wall in a fortification that crosses a part of a rampart and joins to an inner wall.
SPUR, noun. (shipbuilding) A piece of timber fixed on the bilgeways before launching, having the upper ends bolted to the vessel's side.
SPUR, noun. (shipbuilding) A curved piece of timber serving as a half to support the deck where a whole beam cannot be placed.
SPUR, noun. (mining) A branch of a vein.
SPUR, verb. To prod (especially a horse) in the side or flank, with the intent to urge motion or haste, to gig.
SPUR, verb. 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.
SPUR, verb. To put spurs on; as, a spurred boot.
SPUR, noun. (Scotland) A sparrow.
SPUR, noun. A tern.
SPUR, noun. (electronics) A spurious tone, one that interferes with a signal in a circuit and is often masked underneath that signal.
SPUR, noun. The track of an animal, such as an otter; a spoor.
SPUR, noun. (soccer) someone connected with Tottenham Hotspur FC, as a fan, player, coach etc.
SPUR OF THE MOMENT, noun. (idiomatic) Impulse; short notice; a lack of planning.
SPUR ON, verb. To spur.

Dictionary definition

SPUR, noun. A verbalization that encourages you to attempt something; "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves".
SPUR, noun. Any sharply pointed projection.
SPUR, noun. Tubular extension at the base of the corolla in some flowers.
SPUR, noun. 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".
SPUR, noun. A railway line connected to a trunk line.
SPUR, verb. Incite or stimulate; "The Academy was formed to spur research".
SPUR, verb. Give heart or courage to.
SPUR, verb. Strike with a spur.
SPUR, verb. Goad with spurs; "the rider spurred his horse".
SPUR, verb. Equip with spurs; "spur horses".

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats