Associations to the word «Spur»


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

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
Mark Twain