a U -shaped device that slips over and straps to the heel of a boot and has a blunt, pointed, or roweled projection at the back for use by a mounted rider to urge a horse forward.
anything that goads, impels, or urges, as to action, speed, or achievement.
Ornithology. a stiff, usually sharp, horny process on the leg of various birds, especially the domestic rooster, or on the bend of the wing, as in jacanas and screamers.
Pathology. a bony projection or exostosis.
a sharp piercing or cutting instrument fastened to the leg of a gamecock in cockfighting; gaff.
Physical Geography. a ridge or line of elevation projecting from or subordinate to the main body of a mountain or mountain range.
something that projects and resembles or suggests a gaff; sharp projection.
a short or stunted branch or shoot, as of a tree.
Typography. a short, seriflike projection from the bottom of the short vertical stroke in the capital G in some fonts.
a slender, usually hollow, projection from some part of a flower, as from the calyx of the larkspur or the corolla of the violet.
Also called spur shoot. a short shoot bearing flowers, as in fruit trees.
a short wooden brace, usually temporary, for strengthening a post or some other part.
any offset from a wall, as a buttress.
Ceramics. a triangular support of refractory clay for an object being fired.
Railroads. spur track.
verb (used with object), spurred, spurring.
to prick with or as if with a spur or spurs; incite or urge on:
The rider spurred his mount ruthlessly. Appreciation spurs ambition.
to strike or wound with the spur, as a gamecock.
to furnish with spurs or a spur.
verb (used without object), spurred, spurring.
to goad or urge one’s horse with spurs or a spur; ride quickly.
to proceed hurriedly; press forward:
We spurred onward through the night.
on the spur of the moment, without deliberation; impulsively; suddenly:
We headed for the beach on the spur of the moment.
win one’s spurs, to achieve distinction or success for the first time; prove one’s ability or worth:
Our team hasn’t won its spurs yet.
a batch of newly made rag-paper sheets.
a pointed device or sharp spiked wheel fixed to the heel of a rider’s boot to enable him to urge his horse on
anything serving to urge or encourage: the increase in salary was a spur to their production
a sharp horny projection from the leg just above the claws in male birds, such as the domestic cock
a pointed process in any of various animals; calcar
a tubular extension at the base of the corolla in flowers such as larkspur
a short or stunted branch of a tree
a ridge projecting laterally from a mountain or mountain range
a wooden prop or a masonry reinforcing pier
another name for groyne
Also called spur track. a railway branch line or siding
a short side road leading off a main road: a motorway spur
a sharp cutting instrument attached to the leg of a gamecock
on the spur of the moment, on impulse
win one’s spurs
(history) to earn knighthood
to prove one’s ability; gain distinction
verb spurs, spurring, spurred
(transitive) to goad or urge with or as if with spurs
(intransitive) to go or ride quickly; press on
(transitive) to injure or strike with a spur
(transitive) to provide with a spur or spurs
A spine or projection from a bone.
A small ridge that projects sharply from the side of a larger hill or mountain.
A projection from a bone, as on the heel of the foot.
An early system on the IBM 650.
[Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].
noun, Plant Pathology. 1. a disease of raspberries, characterized by reddish-brown spots on the stems, caused by a fungus, Didymella applanata.
noun 1. a hairless and indurated area or gall on the side of a horse, caused by the irritation of a spur.
noun 1. any of numerous plants of the genus Euphorbia, having a milky juice and flowers with no petals or sepals. noun 1. any of various euphorbiaceous plants of the genus Euphorbia that have milky sap and small flowers typically surrounded by conspicuous bracts. Some species have purgative properties
noun, Machinery. 1. a gear having straight teeth cut on the rim parallel to the axis of rotation. noun 1. a gear having involuted teeth either straight or helically cut on a cylindrical surface. Two such gears are used to transmit power between parallel shafts