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Definition of Spur


  1. A branch of a vein.
  2. The track of an animal, as an otter; a spoor.
  3. A sparrow.
  4. A tern.
  5. 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.
  6. That which goads to action; an incitement.
  7. Something that projects; a snag.
  8. One of the large or principal roots of a tree.
  9. Any stiff, sharp spine, as on the wings and legs of certain burds, on the legs of insects, etc.; especially, the spine on a cock's leg.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. A brace strengthening a post and some connected part, as a rafter or crossbeam; a strut.
  13. The short wooden buttress of a post.
  14. 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.
  15. Any projecting appendage of a flower looking like a spur.
  16. Ergotized rye or other grain.
  17. A wall that crosses a part of a rampart and joins to an inner wall.
  18. A piece of timber fixed on the bilge ways before launching, having the upper ends bolted to the vessel's side.
  19. A curved piece of timber serving as a half to support the deck where a whole beam can not be placed.
  20. To prick with spurs; to incite to a more hasty pace; to urge or goad; as, to spur a horse.
  21. 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.
  22. To put spurs on; as, a spurred boot.
  23. To spur on one' horse; to travel with great expedition; to hasten; hence, to press forward in any pursuit.

Spur Quotations

Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for. - Dag Hammarskjold
Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.
Dag Hammarskjold

Globalization and free trade do spur economic growth, and they lead to lower prices on many goods.
Robert Reich

In reality, studies show that investments to spur renewable energy and boost energy efficiency generate far more jobs than oil and coal.
Jeff Goodell

The origin of all revolutions and corruption, and the spur and source of all base morals are just two sayings: The First Saying: 'So long as I'm full, what is it to me if others die of hunger?' The Second Saying: 'You suffer hardship so that I can live in ease; you work so that I can eat.'
Said Nursi

I think you use the negative things that happen from the year before - and from other years, too - to spur you to do the things you need to do to take the next step.
Tony Romo
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Spur Translations

spur in Dutch is de sporen geven, prikkelen
spur in French is eperon
spur in German is Ansporn {m}, anspornen
spur in Italian is sprone
spur in Latin is incito, calcar
spur in Portuguese is dente reto
spur in Spanish is espuela
spur in Swedish is sporre, sporra
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