- 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.
verb (used with object), spurred, spur·ring.
verb (used without object), spurred, spur·ring.
SYNONYMS FOR spur
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OTHER WORDS FROM spurspurless, adjectivespurlike, adjectivespurrer, noun
Words nearby spur
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How to use spur in a sentence
We can use that data to make on the spur, in-context decisions and give them the right kind of offer or channel.Brand Summit Recap: Marketers face looming identity crisis|Digiday Editors|February 10, 2021|Digiday
Executives facing massive technology shifts in their business have two choices—bet the company on the next era, or collect cash in a shrinking industry before hanging up their spurs.
Some of the visuals capture an issue we worked on extensively, while others capture spur–of–the–moment breaking news that we did not expect.
It’s also possible that Freeman is simply healthier this year after having surgery last fall to remove bone spurs in his elbow.Freddie Freeman Took The Leap. Now The Braves Are One Game Away From Doing The Same.|Travis Sawchik|October 16, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Most of the time, users write such reviews on the spur of the moment, after having a short unpleasant episode with your product or your staff.How to turn your customer feedback into a driving force for your product|Maria Kazakova|June 18, 2020|Search Engine Watch
And for those seeking a quick fix: Studies show that light therapy can spur a mood lift in just several days.
Did you plan on this or is this a spur-of-the-moment kind of thing?Explosion of Cute: Inside the Superfan Mania of Hello Kitty Con 2014|Sarah Bay Williams|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Though it had been meant to spur innovation, she said, “it became obvious that the law was actually working in reverse.”Here Come the Smart Guns: Will New Jersey Soon Have to Sell Safer Guns?|Brandy Zadrozny|September 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nonetheless, Zarif said that any U.S. ground presence in Iraq would likely spur opposition.
“I think I sometimes acted as a spur, even though the spurring was not always wanted or welcome,” she said.
A short distance off was another ridge or spur of the mountain, widening out into almost a plateau.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
But one battalion was isolated on a spur, from which there seemed no way of escape save under a scorching flank fire.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Quentin Gray regarded the story of Kazmah as a very poor lie devised on the spur of the moment.Dope|Sax Rohmer
That lady turned her back upon him, and betook herself on the spur of the moment to Maude's room, determined to "have it out."Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
These marked the river hollow, and Payne, knowing that the chase might be ended in a few more minutes, did not spare the spur.Winston of the Prairie|Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for spur
- history to earn knighthood
- to prove one's ability; gain distinction
verb spurs, spurring or spurred
Word Origin for spur
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Idioms and Phrases with spur
In addition to the idiom beginning with spur
- spur on
- on the spur of the moment
- win one's spurs