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1spar

noun \ˈspär\

Definition of SPAR

1
:  a stout pole
2
a :  a stout rounded usually wood or metal piece (as a mast, boom, gaff, or yard) used to support rigging
b :  any of the main longitudinal members of the wing of an airplane that carry the ribs

Origin of SPAR

Middle English sparre; akin to Old English spere spear — more at spear
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms

airway, apron, corridor, dirigible, fishtail, flat-hat, vector

Rhymes with SPAR

2spar

intransitive verb

: to box with someone as a form of training or practice

: to argue with someone in a friendly way

sparredspar·ring

Full Definition of SPAR

1
a :  box; especially :  to gesture without landing a blow to draw one's opponent or create an opening
b :  to engage in a practice or exhibition bout of boxing
3
:  to strike or fight with feet or spurs in the manner of a gamecock

Examples of SPAR

  1. He's been sparring with his trainer.
  2. They sparred playfully over whose team was better.

Origin of SPAR

Middle English sparren to dart, spring
First Known Use: 1537

Other Combat Sports Terms

foil, riposte, welter

3spar

noun

Definition of SPAR

1
:  a movement of offense or defense in boxing
2
:  a sparring match or session

First Known Use of SPAR

1814

Other Combat Sports Terms

foil, riposte, welter

4spar

noun

Definition of SPAR

:  any of various nonmetallic usually cleavable and lustrous minerals

Origin of SPAR

Low German; akin to Old English spærstān gypsum, spæren of plaster
First Known Use: 1581

Other Mineralogy Terms

agate, host, inclusion, matrix, streak

SPAR

noun \ˈspär\

Definition of SPAR

:  a member of the women's reserve of the United States Coast Guard

Origin of SPAR

Semper Paratus, motto of the United States Coast Guard, from New Latin, always ready
First Known Use: 1942

Rhymes with SPAR

SPAR Defined for Kids

1spar

noun \ˈspär\

Definition of SPAR for Kids

:  a long rounded piece of wood or metal (as a mast) to which a sail is fastened

2spar

verb
sparredspar·ring

Definition of SPAR for Kids

1
:  to box or make boxing movements with the fists for practice or for fun
2
:  to argue often in a playful way
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