any of various nonmetallic minerals (calcite or feldspar) that are light in color and transparent or translucent and cleavable
a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging
making the motions of attack and defense with the fists and arms; a part of training for a boxer
furnish with spars
fight with spurs
"the gamecocks were sparring"
"They were sparring all night"
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
a general term any round piece of timber used as a mast, yard, boom, or gaff
formerly, a piece of timber, in a general sense; -- still applied locally to rafters
the bar of a gate or door
to bolt; to bar
to To supply or equip with spars, as a vessel
to strike with the feet or spurs, as cocks do
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
to contest in words; to wrangle
a contest at sparring or boxing
a movement of offense or defense in boxing
Origin: [Of uncertain origin; cf. OF. esparer to kick, F. parer, or Icel. sperra to stretch out the legs, to struggle.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
spär, n. a rafter: a general term for masts, yards, booms, and gaffs, &c.—n. Spar′-deck, the upper deck of a vessel. [The A.S. spearra is assumed from the verb sparrian, to fasten with a bar; cf. Ice. sparri, Dut. spar.]
spär, n. a term applied by miners to any bright crystalline mineral, and adopted by mineralogists in the names of a number of minerals—calcareous spar, fluor spar, Iceland spar, &c.—adj. Spar′ry, resembling spar, spathic. [A.S. spær(-stán), gypsum; cf. Ger. spar(-kalk).]
spär, v.i. to box with the hands: to fight with showy action: to dispute:—pr.p. spar′ring; pa.t. and pa.p. sparred.—n. a preliminary sparring, boxing-match, or cock-fight.—ns. Spar′rer; Spar′ring. [O. Fr. esparer (Fr. éparer), to kick out, most prob. Teut.; Low Ger. sparre, a struggling.]
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The numerical value of SPAR in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of SPAR in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
That comes with the territory, to be able to spar and parry. But the main thing is to be able to share your vision.
It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious, it won't be much of a fight. We'll both suit up and get in the ring and spar around a little bit.
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