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Meaning of SPAR

Pronunciation:  spâr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging
  2. [n]  any of various nonmetallic minerals (calcite or feldspar) that are light in color and transparent or translucent and cleavable
  3. [v]  fight verbally; "They were sparring all night"
  4. [v]  box lightly
  5. [v]  fight with spurs; of gamecocks in cockfights

SPAR is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: argue, boom, bowsprit, box, calcite, contend, debate, dolphin striker, feldspar, felspar, fence, fight, gaff, jibboom, martingale, mast, mineral, pole, ship, sprit, struggle, yard



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Spar\, n. [AS. sp[ae]r in sp[ae]rst[=a]n chalkstone; akin
    to MHG. spar, G. sparkalk plaster.] (Min.)
    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.
    {Blue spar}, {Cube spar}, etc. See under {Blue}, {Cube}, etc.
  2. \Spar\, n. [OE. sparre; akin to D. spar, G. sparren, OHG.
    sparro, Dan.& Sw. sparre, Icel. sparri; of uncertain origin.
    ? 171. Cf. {Spar}, v. t. ]
    1. (Naut.) A general term any round piece of timber used as a
       mast, yard, boom, or gaff.
    2. (Arch.) Formerly, a piece of timber, in a general sense;
       -- still applied locally to rafters.
    3. The bar of a gate or door. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    {Spar buoy} (Naut.), a buoy anchored by one end so that the
       other end rises above the surface of the water.
    {Spar deck} (Naut.), the upper deck of a vessel; especially,
       in a frigate, the deck which is continued in a straight
       line from the quarter-deck to the forecastle, and on which
       spare spars are usually placed. See under {Deck}.
    {Spar torpedo} (Naut.), a torpedo carried on the end of a
       spar usually projecting from the bow of a vessel, and
       intended to explode upon contact with an enemy's ships.
  3. \Spar\, v. t. [OE. sparren, AS. sparrian; akin to G.
    sperren, Icel. sperra; from the noun. [root]171. See {Spara}
    beam, bar.]
    1. To bolt; to bar. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    2. To To supply or equip with spars, as a vessel.
    Note: A vessel equipped with spars that are too large or too
          small is said to be oversparred or undersparred.
  4. \Spar\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sparred}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Sparring}.] [Of uncertain origin; cf. OF. esparer to kick,
    F. ['e]parer, or Icel. sperra to stretch out the legs, to
    1. To strike with the feet or spurs, as cocks do.
    2. 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.
             Made believe to spar at Paul with great science.
    3. To contest in words; to wrangle. [Colloq.]
  5. \Spar\, n.
    1. A contest at sparring or boxing.
    2. A movement of offense or defense in boxing.
Computing Dictionary

Early system on Datatron 200 series. Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959).