spur


spur
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 of a horse and used to urge the horse forward
2. anything that urges, impels, or incites; stimulus to action
3. something like a spur; specif.,
a) a spinelike process, as on the wings or legs of certain birds
b) a spinelike outgrowth of bone, as on the human heel, resulting from injury, disease, etc.
c) a climbing iron, as used by lumberjacks
d) a sharp metal device attached as a weapon to the leg of a gamecock in a cockfight
e) a short, stunted, or projecting branch or shoot of a tree, etc.
4. a range or ridge projecting in a lateral direction from the main mass of a mountain or mountain range
5.
a) GRIFFE
b) a buttress, as of masonry, or any similar structure
c) a short wooden reinforcing piece; brace; strut
6. SPUR TRACK
7. Bot. a slender, tubelike structure formed by a basal extension of one or more petals or sepals, often serving as a nectar receptacle; calcar
vt.
spurred, spurring
1. to strike or prick with a spur or spurs
2. to urge, incite, or stimulate to action, greater effort, etc.
3. to provide with a spur or spurs
4. to strike or injure as with a SPUR (sense 3d)
vi.
1. to spur one's horse
2. to hurry; hasten
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on the spur of the moment
hastily and abruptly; without forethought or preparation
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win one's spurs
to attain distinction or honor, esp. for the first time; establish one's reputation
spurrer
n.

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