Spencer, Herbert Spencer(noun)
English philosopher and sociologist who applied the theory of natural selection to human societies (1820-1903)
from someone who worked in a spense (larder of medieval monastery).
transferred from the surname, in regular use since the nineteenth century.
A short, close-fitting jacket primarily worn by women and children in the early nineteenth century; probably named after George Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834).
A thin knitted woollen vest.
A large loose-fitted gaffsail on a square-rigger or barque, used from the nineteenth century onwards.
one who has the care of the spence, or buttery
a short jacket worn by men and by women
a fore-and-aft sail, abaft the foremast or the mainmast, hoisted upon a small supplementary mast and set with a gaff and no boom; a trysail carried at the foremast or mainmast; -- named after its inventor, Knight Spencer, of England 
Origin: [OF. despensier. See Spence, and cf. Dispenser.]
Spencer is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 11,688 at the 2010 census. For geographic and demographic information on the census-designated place Spencer, please see the article Spencer, Massachusetts.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
spens′ėr, n. a short over-jacket worn by men or women, named after Earl Spencer (1782-1845).
spens′ėr, n. (in ships and barques) a fore-and-aft sail abaft the fore and main masts.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The fore-and-main trysails; fore-and-aft sails set with gaffs, introduced instead of main-topmast and mizen staysails.
Etymology and Origins
A short overjacket introduced by the Earl of Spencer. This nobleman made a wager that he would set a new fashion by appearing abroad in any style of garment, however hideous it might be. He won his bet, for “Spencers” became popular.
The numerical value of Spencer in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of Spencer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of Spencer in a Sentence
In Spencer, we had 1,500 people, and they came from an hour radius. That's probably more people than vote in the caucus in the area, in Clay County (where Spencer is located), they had 700 people on caucus night. Now what if we only get half of them? We win.
Some HARD choices need to be made to make Spencer County great again. I will make Some HARD choices.
I woke up to basically people ducking and then I was, like,' Why is everybody ducking ?' and then, when I turned round to look, he, the gunman, had just entered the car with the AK and then I was, like :' This is really happening', we just all ran back there and we tried to do whatever we could to try and beat him up so he didn't shoot anybody. He pulled out a box cutter and cut Spencer a couple of times but beside that we just tried to do whatever we could.
None have been more prominent in this arena in recent years than Spencer Welch.
I am deeply troubled by this conduct shown by a senior DOD official, unfortunately, as a result I have determined that Secretary Spencer no longer has my confidence to continue in Secretary Spencer position. I wish Navy Secretary Richard Spencer well.
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