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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sparspɑr(n.; v.)sparred, spar•ring.

  1. (n.)a stout pole such as those used for masts; a mast, yard, boom, gaff, or the like.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. a principal lateral member of the framework of a wing of an airplane.

    Category: Aeronautics

  3. (v.t.)to provide or make with spars.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

Origin of spar:

1250–1300; ME sparre (n.), perh. < ON sparri, sperra or < OF esparre (< Gmc)


sparspɑr(v.; n.)sparred, spar•ring

  1. (v.i.)(of a boxer) to make the motions of attack and defense with the arms and fists, esp. as a part of training.

    Category: Sport

  2. to box, esp. with light blows.

    Category: Sport

  3. to strike or attack with the feet or spurs, as gamecocks do.

    Category: Sport

  4. to bandy words; dispute.

  5. (n.)a motion of sparring.

    Category: Sport

  6. a boxing match.

    Category: Sport

  7. a dispute.

Origin of spar:

1350–1400; ME: orig., thrust (n. and v.); perh. akin to spur


  1. any of various lustrous, nonmetallic, flaky minerals, as feldspar.

    Category: Mineralogy

Origin of spar:

1575–85; back formation from sparstone spar, OE spærstān gypsum; cf. MLG spar


Princeton's WordNet

  1. spar(noun)

    any of various nonmetallic minerals (calcite or feldspar) that are light in color and transparent or translucent and cleavable

  2. spar(noun)

    a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging

  3. spar, sparring(verb)

    making the motions of attack and defense with the fists and arms; a part of training for a boxer

  4. spar(verb)

    furnish with spars

  5. spar(verb)

    fight with spurs

    "the gamecocks were sparring"

  6. spar(verb)

    box lightly

  7. spar(verb)

    fight verbally

    "They were sparring all night"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spar(noun)

    an old name for a nonmetallic mineral, usually cleavable and somewhat lustrous; as, calc spar, or calcite, fluor spar, etc. It was especially used in the case of the gangue minerals of a metalliferous vein

  2. Spar(verb)

    a general term any round piece of timber used as a mast, yard, boom, or gaff

  3. Spar(verb)

    formerly, a piece of timber, in a general sense; -- still applied locally to rafters

  4. Spar(verb)

    the bar of a gate or door

  5. Spar(verb)

    to bolt; to bar

  6. Spar(verb)

    to To supply or equip with spars, as a vessel

  7. Spar(verb)

    to strike with the feet or spurs, as cocks do

  8. Spar(verb)

    to use the fists and arms scientifically in attack or defense; to contend or combat with the fists, as for exercise or amusement; to box

  9. Spar(verb)

    to contest in words; to wrangle

  10. Spar(noun)

    a contest at sparring or boxing

  11. Spar(noun)

    a movement of offense or defense in boxing


  1. Spar

    In sailing, a spar is a pole of wood, metal or lightweight materials such as carbon fibre used on a sailing vessel. Spars of all types are used in the rigging of sailing vessels to provide support for the sails, and to resist compressive and bending forces. Wooden ships from the age of sail often carried many extra spars of all types for repairs while at sea. The spar deck of a frigate was so named because it was used to carry spare spars.

Anagrams of SPAR

  1. Pars

  2. Raps

  3. Rasp

Translations for SPAR

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to box, usually for practice only.

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