What does SPUR mean?

Definitions for SPURspɜr

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word SPUR.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. goad, goading, prod, prodding, urging, spur, spurring(noun)

    a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something

    "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves"

  2. spur, spine, acantha(noun)

    any sharply pointed projection

  3. spur(noun)

    tubular extension at the base of the corolla in some flowers

  4. spur, gad(noun)

    a sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward

    "cowboys know not to squat with their spurs on"

  5. branch line, spur track, spur(verb)

    a railway line connected to a trunk line

  6. spur(verb)

    incite or stimulate

    "The Academy was formed to spur research"

  7. spur, goad(verb)

    give heart or courage to

  8. spur(verb)

    strike with a spur

  9. spur(verb)

    goad with spurs

    "the rider spurred his horse"

  10. spur(verb)

    equip with spurs

    "spur horses"


  1. spur(Noun)

    A rigid implement, often roughly y-shaped, that is fixed to one's heel for purpose of prodding a horse. Often worn by, and emblematic of, the cowboy or the knight.

  2. spur(Noun)

    Anything that inspires or motivates, as a spur does to a horse.

  3. spur(Noun)

    An appendage or spike pointing rearward, near the foot, for instance that of a rooster.

  4. spur(Noun)

    Any protruding part connected at one end, for instance a highway that extends from another highway into a city.

  5. spur(Noun)

    Roots, tree roots.

  6. spur(Verb)

    To prod (especially a horse) in the side or flank, with the intent to urge motion or haste, to gig.

  7. spur(Verb)

    To urge or encourage to action, or to a more vigorous pursuit of an object; to incite; to stimulate; to instigate; to impel; to drive.

  8. spur(Verb)

    To put spurs on; as, a spurred boot.

  9. Spur(Noun)

    someone connected with Tottenham Hotspur FC, as a fan, player, coach etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spur(noun)

    a sparrow

  2. Spur(noun)

    a tern

  3. Spur(noun)

    an implement secured to the heel, or above the heel, of a horseman, to urge the horse by its pressure. Modern spurs have a small wheel, or rowel, with short points. Spurs were the badge of knighthood

  4. Spur(noun)

    that which goads to action; an incitement

  5. Spur(noun)

    something that projects; a snag

  6. Spur(noun)

    one of the large or principal roots of a tree

  7. Spur(noun)

    any stiff, sharp spine, as on the wings and legs of certain burds, on the legs of insects, etc.; especially, the spine on a cock's leg

  8. Spur(noun)

    a mountain that shoots from any other mountain, or range of mountains, and extends to some distance in a lateral direction, or at right angles

  9. Spur(noun)

    a spiked iron worn by seamen upon the bottom of the boot, to enable them to stand upon the carcass of a whale, to strip off the blubber

  10. Spur(noun)

    a brace strengthening a post and some connected part, as a rafter or crossbeam; a strut

  11. Spur(noun)

    the short wooden buttress of a post

  12. Spur(noun)

    a projection from the round base of a column, occupying the angle of a square plinth upon which the base rests, or bringing the bottom bed of the base to a nearly square form. It is generally carved in leafage

  13. Spur(noun)

    any projecting appendage of a flower looking like a spur

  14. Spur(noun)

    ergotized rye or other grain

  15. Spur(noun)

    a wall that crosses a part of a rampart and joins to an inner wall

  16. Spur(noun)

    a piece of timber fixed on the bilge ways before launching, having the upper ends bolted to the vessel's side

  17. Spur(noun)

    a curved piece of timber serving as a half to support the deck where a whole beam can not be placed

  18. Spur(verb)

    to prick with spurs; to incite to a more hasty pace; to urge or goad; as, to spur a horse

  19. Spur(verb)

    to urge or encourage to action, or to a more vigorous pursuit of an object; to incite; to stimulate; to instigate; to impel; to drive

  20. Spur(verb)

    to put spurs on; as, a spurred boot

  21. Spur(verb)

    to spur on one' horse; to travel with great expedition; to hasten; hence, to press forward in any pursuit

  22. Origin: [See Sparrow.]


  1. Spur

    Spur is a city in Dickens County, Texas, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 1,088. On October 9, 2009, Spur celebrated its centennial with the dedication of a Giant Spur sculpture. The Giant Spur was built by local welder John Grusendorf. The event, sponsored by the Dickens County Historical Commission, was held at Dyess Park off U.S. Highway 70.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spur

    spur, n. an instrument on a horseman's heels, with sharp points for goading the horse: that which goads or instigates: something projecting: the hard projection on a cock's leg: a small range of mountains extending laterally from a larger range.—v.t. to urge on with spurs: to urge onward: to impel: to put spurs on.—v.i. to press forward: to travel in great haste:—pr.p. spur′ring; pa.t. and pa.p. spurred.—v.t. Spur′-gall (Shak.), to gall or wound with a spur.—ns. Spur′-gear, -gear′ing, gearing in which spur-wheels are used.—adj. Spur′-heeled, having a long straight hind-claw.—n. Spur′-leath′er, the strap by which the spur is fastened to the foot.—p.adj. Spurred, wearing spurs: having shoots like spurs: affected with ergot, as rye.—ns. Spur′rer, one who, or that which, spurs; Spur′rier, one who makes spurs; Spur′-roy′al, an ancient English coin, worth fifteen shillings, so called from having a star on one side resembling the rowel of a spur; Spur′-way, a bridle-road; Spur′-whang=Spur-leather; Spur′-wheel (mech.), a wheel with the cogs on the face of the edge like a spur.—adj. Spur′-winged, with a horny spur on the pinion, as with the plovers, &c. [A.S. spora; Ice. spori, Ger. sporn.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SPUR' in Nouns Frequency: #2780


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SPUR in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SPUR in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. David Hume:

    Avarice, the spur of industry.

  2. Earl Granville:

    It was just a spur of the moment.

  3. Liu Haiying:

    The central bank needs more monetary easing measures to spur growth.

  4. B. C. Forbes:

    Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion.

  5. Francis Quarles:

    Let the fear of danger be a spur to prevent it he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger.

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Translations for SPUR

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • esperonar, esperóCatalan, Valencian
  • ostruhaCzech
  • sporeDanish
  • Ansporn, Sporn, anspornenGerman
  • sprono, sproniEsperanto
  • estimular, espolear, extensión, espolón, espolonear, acicate, motivar, alcurnia, espuela, incentivo, animar, incitar, incentivar, prolongación, acicatear, conexiónSpanish
  • yllyttää, kannustin, kannustaa, kannusFinnish
  • éperon, éperonner, ergotFrench
  • sarkantyúHungarian
  • խթանArmenian
  • memacuIndonesian
  • incitare, incoraggiare, protuberanza, divaricazione, spronare, propaggini, sperone, sporgenza, diramazione, pungolare, sprono, montare gli speroni, instigare, stimolareItalian
  • 拍車をかける, 刺激, 行動, 拍車, 突くJapanese
  • kipa, taumutuMāori
  • taji, pacuMalay
  • spoor, aanmoedigen, bewegen, aansporenDutch
  • ostrogaPolish
  • espora, provocar, estimular, instigarPortuguese
  • îndemnaRomanian
  • корень, побуждать, стимул, пришпорить, подгонять, пришпоривать, отрог, шпораRussian
  • оструга, мамуза, ostruga, mamuzaSerbo-Croatian
  • sporra, sporreSwedish
  • mahmuzTurkish

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