Nautical. a stout pole such as those used for masts, etc.; a mast, yard, boom, gaff, or the like.
Aeronautics. a principal lateral member of the framework of a wing of an airplane.
to provide or make with spars.
- sparlike, adjective
Other definitions for spar (2 of 5)
(of boxers) to make the motions of attack and defense with the arms and fists, especially as a part of training.
to box, especially with light blows.
to strike or attack with the feet or spurs, as gamecocks do.
to bandy words; dispute.
a motion of sparring.
a boxing match.
Other definitions for spar (3 of 5)
any of various more or less lustrous crystalline minerals, as fluorspar or feldspar.
- sparlike, adjective
Other definitions for SPAR (4 of 5)
(during World War II) a woman enlisted in the women's reserve of the U.S. Coast Guard (disbanded in 1946).
Other definitions for SpAr (5 of 5)
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How to use spar in a sentence
After he died, they alternately allied and sparred with each other.
The two sparred over music, too, Curtis told Talking Points Memo.Paul Kevin Curtis and J. Everett Dutschke: Epic Feud and Ricin Letters | Winston Ross | April 25, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
(2) I have frequently sparred on Twitter with the NeFU's spokesman, Graham Christensen.Let's Put the Nebraska Senate Race in Proper Context | Justin Green | October 30, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
John Mellencamp also sparred with the Gipper when he tried to use “Little Pink Houses” during the campaign.The Strange History of Political Campaign Songs (VIDEO) | Kevin Fallon | October 24, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In July, the 54-year-old pop star sparred with France's far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, 44.
I have a room now, a part of the twelve-foot verandah sparred in, at the most inaccessible end of the house.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
A long-sparred vessel could be seen, relieved against the black bank of clouds, that were crowding down the horizon.The Portland Sketch Book | Various
You must consider what has been said by Mr. Beresford-Hope on this subject; he and I have sparred about this matter before now.Edward Hoare, M.A. | Edward Hoare
It was a big ship—heavily sparred—and it was riding along with all sail set over a sea like corrugated iron.The Viking Blood | Frederick William Wallace
It always made me think of the deep blue sea, of old tars, and tall-sparred, white-sailed brigs.Tales of Fishes | Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for spar (1 of 3)
any piece of nautical gear resembling a pole and used as a mast, boom, gaff, etc
(as modifier): a spar buoy
a principal supporting structural member of an aerofoil that runs from tip to tip or root to tip
British Dictionary definitions for spar (2 of 3)
boxing martial arts to fight using light blows, as in training
to dispute or argue
(of gamecocks) to fight with the feet or spurs
an unaggressive fight
an argument or wrangle
informal a close friend
British Dictionary definitions for spar (3 of 3)
any of various minerals, such as feldspar or calcite, that are light-coloured, microcrystalline, transparent to translucent, and easily cleavable: Related adjective: spathic
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