spar

1
[ spahr ]
/ spɑr /

noun

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.

verb (used with object), sparred, spar·ring.

to provide or make with spars.

Nearby words

  1. spanner,
  2. spanrail,
  3. spanspek,
  4. spansule,
  5. spanworm,
  6. spar buoy,
  7. spar deck,
  8. spar varnish,
  9. spar with,
  10. sparable

Origin of spar

1
1250–1300; Middle English sparre (noun); cognate with German Sparren, Dutch spar, Old Norse sparri

Related formsspar·like, adjective

spar

2
[ spahr ]
/ spɑr /

verb (used without object), sparred, spar·ring.

(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.

noun

Origin of spar

2
1350–1400; Middle English: orig., thrust (noun and v.); perhaps akin to spur1

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British Dictionary definitions for sparring

spar

1
/ (spɑː) /

noun

  1. any piece of nautical gear resembling a pole and used as a mast, boom, gaff, etc
  2. (as modifier)a spar buoy
a principal supporting structural member of an aerofoil that runs from tip to tip or root to tip

Word Origin for spar

C13: from Old Norse sperra beam; related to Old High German sparro, Old French esparre

spar

2
/ (spɑː) /

verb spars, sparring or sparred (intr)

boxing martial arts to fight using light blows, as in training
to dispute or argue
(of gamecocks) to fight with the feet or spurs

noun

an unaggressive fight
an argument or wrangle
informal a close friend

Word Origin for spar

Old English, perhaps from spur

spar

3
/ (spɑː) /

noun

any of various minerals, such as feldspar or calcite, that are light-coloured, microcrystalline, transparent to translucent, and easily cleavableRelated adjective: spathic

Word Origin for spar

C16: from Middle Low German spar; related to Old English spærstān; see feldspar

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