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ˈspɛn sərSpencer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Spencer, Herbert Spencernoun

    English philosopher and sociologist who applied the theory of natural selection to human societies (1820-1903)


  1. Spencernoun

    from someone who worked in a spense (larder of medieval monastery).

  2. Spencernoun

    transferred from the surname, in regular use since the nineteenth century.

  3. spencernoun

    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).

  4. spencernoun

    A thin knitted woollen vest.

  5. spencernoun

    A large loose-fitted gaffsail on a square-rigger or barque, used from the nineteenth century onwards.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spencernoun

    one who has the care of the spence, or buttery

    Etymology: [OF. despensier. See Spence, and cf. Dispenser.]

  2. Spencernoun

    a short jacket worn by men and by women

    Etymology: [OF. despensier. See Spence, and cf. Dispenser.]

  3. Spencernoun

    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 [1802]

    Etymology: [OF. despensier. See Spence, and cf. Dispenser.]


  1. Spencer

    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

  1. Spencer

    spens′ėr, n. a short over-jacket worn by men or women, named after Earl Spencer (1782-1845).

  2. Spencer

    spens′ėr, n. (in ships and barques) a fore-and-aft sail abaft the fore and main masts.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. spencer

    The fore-and-main trysails; fore-and-aft sails set with gaffs, introduced instead of main-topmast and mizen staysails.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Spencer

    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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Spencer in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Spencer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Spencer in a Sentence

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    The phrase "Survival of the fittest" was first coined by Herbert Spencer in his "Principles of Biology" (1864) after reading Charles Darwin's theory of "natural selection" discussed in "On the Origin of Species" by Darwin - published in the same year. Five years later, Darwin first used Spencer's new phrase "Survival of the fittest" alongside his phrase "natural selection" in his fifth edition of "On the Origin of Species", published in 1869. It's interesting to note that "fittest" is often misconstrued as either the strongest of the species or the most intelligent species, which is neither an accurate description nor the interpretation desired by Darwin in his theory. In actuality, the fittest species is the one that is the most adaptable to change. In other words, those who can become most well adapted to current environment and the changes therein, can have the chance and opportunity to survive. Darwin's theory of natural selection teaches us that it's absolutely important to welcome the change, and manage the change for survival and for becoming the winner. It's really interesting that being the most adaptable to change often outweighs the strength and intelligence factors, contrary to the common understanding of life and the phrase "Survival of the fittest.

  2. Mark Esper:

    We learned that several days prior, Secretary Spencer had proposed a deal whereby if the President allowed the Navy to handle the case, he would guarantee that Eddie Gallagher would be restored to rank, allowed to retain his Trident and permitted to retire.

  3. Brian Kemp:

    Rep. Spencer's words and behavior are hurtful, insensitive, and completely unacceptable. At the very least, he should issue a public apology for this shameful incident.

  4. Alison Savage:

    I believe we are only feeding into Spencer's sentiments by drawing more attention to Robert Spencer. I wish we would honestly go about normal business because then Robert Spencer would never make the news or be heard so loudly.

  5. Kentucky Democratic Party:

    Some HARD choices need to be made to make Spencer County great again. I will make Some HARD choices.

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