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  1. spur
    IPA[spər]
  2. noun

    • 1. a device with a small spike or a spiked wheel that is worn on a rider's heel and used for urging a horse forward.

    • 2. a hard spike on the back of the leg of a rooster or male game bird, used in fighting.

    • 3. a steel point fastened to the leg of a gamecock.

    • 4. a thing that prompts or encourages someone; an incentive:

      profit was both the spur and the reward of enterprise
    • 5. a projection from a mountain or mountain range:

      it's an easy walk up the spur that leads to the summit
    • 6. a short branch road or rail line.

    • 7. a slender tubular projection from the base of a flower, e.g. a honeysuckle or orchid, typically containing nectar.

    • 8. a short fruit-bearing side shoot.

    • 9. a short pointed growth or process on a part of the body.

    verb

    • 1. urge (a horse) forward by digging one's spurs into its sides:

      she spurred her horse towards the hedge
    • 2. give an incentive or encouragement to (someone):

      her sons' passion for computer games spurred her on to set up a software business
    • 3. promote the development of; stimulate:

      governments cut interest rates to spur demand
    • 4. prune in (a side shoot of a plant) so as to form a spur close to the stem:

      spur back the lateral shoots
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: spur, plural noun: spurs

    • v.: verb: spur, 3rd person present: spurs, gerund or present participle: spurring, past tense: spurred, past participle: spurred

    • noun

      a device with a small spike or a spiked wheel that is worn on a rider's heel and used for urging a horse forward.

      a horny spike on the back of the leg of a cock or male game bird, used in fighting.

    • verb

      urge (a horse) forward by digging one's spurs into its sides:

      give an incentive or encouragement to (someone):

    • adjective

      (of a rider or their boots) having a spiked device on the heels for urging a horse forward:

      (especially of the legs of a game bird) having a horny spike or pointed growth, used in fighting:

    • adjective

      (of a rider or their boots) having a spiked device on the heels for urging a horse forward:

      (especially of the legs of a game bird) having a horny spike or pointed growth, used in fighting:

    • noun

      another term for spur gear
    • noun

      a gearwheel with teeth projecting parallel to the wheel's axis.
    • noun

      a gold coin worth fifteen shillings, made chiefly in the reign of James I and bearing a representation of a sun with rays.
    • noun

      a gearwheel with teeth projecting parallel to the wheel's axis.
    • noun

      a large white-spotted grey dogfish with venomous spines in front of the dorsal fins. It occurs in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean, often in large shoals.
    • noun

      another term for spur gear
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