- 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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Idioms for spur
Origin of spur1
OTHER WORDS FROM spurspurless, adjectivespurlike, adjectivespurrer, noun
Definition for spur (2 of 2)
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Example sentences from the Web for spur
Companies facing massive technology shifts have two choices—bet the company on the next era, or collect cash in a shrinking industry before hanging up your spurs.GM just sped up the depreciation of everything it owns|Michael J. Coren|January 30, 2021|Quartz
Construction would then proceed around the Beltway to the I-270 spur and up I-270.Maryland narrows Beltway, I-270 expansion options to adding four toll lanes to each|Katherine Shaver|January 27, 2021|Washington Post
He published simulations in 1977 that produced digital clouds lining up with the spur, and ever since then he has told anyone who would listen that the spur actually hovers tens of thousands of light-years above the disk.
Yet Yoshiaki Sofue, an astronomer at the University of Tokyo, has always thought the spur looked funky for a stellar debris cloud.
Blood spattered the ground, but Ray’s boots still had their spurs.A CIA spyplane crashed outside Area 51 a half-century ago. This explorer found it.|Sarah Scoles|January 5, 2021|Popular Science
“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 nuclear crisis has rallied a weary nation, but also risks spurring discrimination against the contaminated.
The U.S., allied with Afghans, helped defeat the advance of the Red Army in Afghanistan spurring the end of the Cold War.
But something he couldn't put his finger on was spurring Delancy to get clear of the scene of the crime as soon as possible.
Back came Captain Jackson, spurring his horse, his face white with fright.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
In spurring from one part of the field to another, his aide-de-camp and much-loved companion, Lieut.-Col.Stone's River|Wilson J. Vance
And Orso, spurring his horse, rode rapidly in the direction to which the little girl had pointed.Columba|Prosper Merimee
It was cruel work spurring and lashing them over heavy ploughed land to-day.In the Ranks of the C.I.V.|Erskine Childers
British Dictionary definitions for spur
- history to earn knighthood
- to prove one's ability; gain distinction
verb spurs, spurring or spurred
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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