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spar

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noun \ˈspär\

Definition of spar

  1. 1 :  a stout pole

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



Origin and Etymology of spar

Middle English sparre; akin to Old English spere spear — more at spear


First Known Use: 14th century

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spar

intransitive verb

Simple Definition of spar

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

  • : to argue with someone in a friendly way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spar

sparred

sparring

  1. 1a :  box; especially :  to gesture without landing a blow to draw one's opponent or create an openingb :  to engage in a practice or exhibition bout of boxing

  2. 2 :  skirmish, wrangle

  3. 3 :  to strike or fight with feet or spurs in the manner of a gamecock

Examples of spar in a sentence

  1. He's been sparring with his trainer.

  2. They sparred playfully over whose team was better.



Origin and Etymology of spar

Middle English sparren to dart, spring


First Known Use: 1537

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spar

noun

Definition of spar

  1. 1 :  a movement of offense or defense in boxing

  2. 2 :  a sparring match or session



1814

First Known Use of spar

1814

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spar

noun

Definition of spar

  1. :  any of various nonmetallic usually cleavable and lustrous minerals



Origin and Etymology of spar

Low German; akin to Old English spærstān gypsum, spæren of plaster


First Known Use: 1581

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SPAR

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noun \ˈspär\

Definition of SPAR

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



Origin and Etymology of spar

Semper Paratus, motto of the United States Coast Guard, from New Latin, always ready


First Known Use: 1942



SPAR Defined for Kids

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spar

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noun \ˈspär\

Definition of spar for Students

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




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spar

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verb

Definition of spar for Students

sparred

sparring

  1. 1 :  to box or make boxing movements with the fists for practice or for fun

  2. 2 :  to argue often in a playful way




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