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Definition 1: a sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where spur or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cowboys know not to squat with their spurs on

Synonyms for spur in the sense of this definition

(spur is a kind of ...) a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion

(spur is a part of ...) a small spiked wheel at the end of a spur

(... is part of spur) footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg

Definition 2: a railway line connected to a trunk line - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for spur in the sense of this definition

(spur is a kind of ...) the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed

(... is a kind of spur ) a railway branch line that branches from the trunk line and then rejoins it later on

Definition 3: a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where spur or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves

Synonyms for spur in the sense of this definition

(spur is a kind of ...) the expression of approval and support

Definition 4: tubular extension at the base of the corolla in some flowers - [noun denoting plant]

(spur is a kind of ...) a natural projection or outgrowth from a plant body or organ

Definition 5: any sharply pointed projection - [noun denoting shape]

Synonyms for spur in the sense of this definition

(spur is a kind of ...) any solid convex shape that juts out from something

Definition 6: goad with spurs - [verb of contact]

Samples where spur or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the rider spurred his horse

(spur is a kind of ...) urge with or as if with a goad

Definition 7: equip with spurs - [verb of contact]

Samples where spur or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • spur horses

(spur is a kind of ...) provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose

"The expedition was equipped with proper clothing, food, and other necessities"

Definition 8: strike with a spur - [verb of contact]

(spur is a kind of ...) deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

"The teacher struck the child" "the opponent refused to strike" "The boxer struck the attacker dead"

(spur implies ...) cause injuries or bodily harm to

Definition 9: give heart or courage to - [verb of emotion]

Synonyms for spur in the sense of this definition

(spur is a kind of ...) inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to

Samples where spur or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The Academy was formed to spur research

(spur is a kind of ...) contribute to the progress or growth of

"I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"

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