- 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.
- spur blight,
- spur gall,
- spur gear,
- spur gearing,
- spur on
Origin of spur1
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
- historyto earn knighthood
- to prove one's ability; gain distinction
verb spurs, spurring or spurred
Word Origin for spur
Old English spura, spora (related to spurnan "to kick," see spurn), from Proto-Germanic *spuron (cf. Old Norse spori, Middle Dutch spore, Dutch spoor, Old High German sporo, German Sporn "spur"), from PIE *spere- "ankle" (see spurn).
Generalized sense of "anything that urges on, stimulus," is from late 14c. Meaning "a ridge projecting off a mountain mass" is recorded from 1650s. "Widely extended senses ... are characteristic of a horsey race." [Weekley] Expression on the spur of the moment (1801) preserves archaic phrase on the spur "in great haste" (1520s). To win one's spurs is to gain knighthood by some valorous act, gilded spurs being the distinctive mark of a knight.
c.1200, from spur (n.). Related: Spurred; spurring.
In addition to the idiom beginning with spur
- spur on
- on the spur of the moment
- win one's spurs