- 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.
Words nearby spur
Idioms for spur
Origin of spur1
SYNONYMS FOR spur
OTHER WORDS FROM spurspur·less, adjectivespur·like, adjectivespur·rer, noun
Examples from the Web for spurring
“I think I sometimes acted as a spur, even though the spurring was not always wanted or welcome,” she said.
Digital innovation should be spurring the creation of new competitive companies.
When news of the talks leaked to the press, however, Papandreou abruptly pulled out, spurring a round of bitter recriminations.
The U.S., allied with Afghans, helped defeat the advance of the Red Army in Afghanistan spurring the end of the Cold War.
Republicans running in 2010 will have to build an agenda centered on spurring job growth.
He appeared in a desperate hurry, and was spurring his horse vigorously.For The Admiral|W.J. Marx
He no longer thought of Robert's neck, but hurried on for the sole purpose of spurring his cousin up to new exertion.A Man of Honor|George Cary Eggleston
He even encouraged Myrtella in her tirade against him, spurring her on to fresh effort, as the monks of old!A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill|Alice Hegan Rice
Spurring their horses to their utmost speed leading the footmen, down they came straight for the brigade.Khartoum Campaign, 1898|Bennet Burleigh
Spurring his horse into a gallop, Hendrik was soon once more by the side of his forsaken companion.The Giraffe Hunters|Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for spurring
- history to earn knighthood
- to prove one's ability; gain distinction
verb spurs, spurring or spurred
Word Origin for spur
Medicine definitions for spurring
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Idioms and Phrases with spurring
In addition to the idiom beginning with spur
- spur on
- on the spur of the moment
- win one's spurs