Dictionary

1spur

noun \ˈspər\

: a sharp pointed object that is attached to the heel of a horse rider's boot and that is pressed into the horse's side to make the horse go faster

: something that makes you want to do something or that causes something to happen

: a mass of sharp rock on the side of a mountain

Full Definition of SPUR

1
a :  a pointed device secured to a rider's heel and used to urge on the horse
b plural [from the acquisition of spurs by a person achieving knighthood] :  recognition and reward for achievement <won his academic spurs as the holder of a chair in a university — James Mountford>
2
:  a goad to action :  stimulus
3
:  something projecting like or suggesting a spur: as
a :  a projecting root or branch of a tree, shrub, or vine
b (1) :  a stiff sharp spine (as on the wings or legs of a bird or insect); especially :  one on a cock's leg
(2) :  a gaff for a gamecock
c :  a hollow projecting appendage of a corolla or calyx (as in larkspur or columbine)
d :  a bony outgrowth (as on the heel of the foot)
e :  climbing iron
4
a :  an angular projection, offshoot, or branch extending out beyond or away from a main body or formation; especially :  a ridge or lesser elevation that extends laterally from a mountain or mountain range
b :  a railroad track that branches off from a main line
5
:  a reinforcing buttress of masonry in a fortification
on the spur of the moment
:  on impulse :  suddenly

Examples of SPUR

  1. <the threat of losing its only sports franchise was the spur the city council needed to finally do something about the rising crime rate>
  2. <a weak wall that might need a spur>

Origin of SPUR

Middle English spure, from Old English spura; akin to Old English spurnan to kick — more at spurn
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of SPUR

motive, impulse, incentive, inducement, spur, goad mean a stimulus to action. motive implies an emotion or desire operating on the will and causing it to act <a motive for the crime>. impulse suggests a driving power arising from personal temperament or constitution <buying on impulse>. incentive applies to an external influence (as an expected reward) inciting to action <a bonus was offered as an incentive>. inducement suggests a motive prompted by the deliberate enticements or allurements of another <offered a watch as an inducement to subscribe>. spur applies to a motive that stimulates the faculties or increases energy or ardor <fear was a spur to action>. goad suggests a motive that keeps one going against one's will or desire <thought insecurity a goad to worker efficiency>.

Other Equestrian Terms

canter, cantle, curry, farrier, hunter, paddock, router, skirt, tack

2spur

verb

: to encourage (someone) to do or achieve something

: to cause (something) to happen or to happen more quickly

: to urge (a horse) to go faster by pushing spurs into its sides

spurredspur·ring

Full Definition of SPUR

transitive verb
1
:  to urge (a horse) on with spurs
2
:  to incite to action or accelerated growth or development :  stimulate
3
:  to put spurs on
intransitive verb
:  to spur one's horse on

Examples of SPUR

  1. The reward spurred them to work harder.
  2. Lower interest rates should spur economic growth.
  3. He spurred the horse onward.

First Known Use of SPUR

13th century
SPUR Defined for Kids

1spur

noun \ˈspər\

Definition of SPUR for Kids

1
:  a pointed device fastened to the back of a rider's boot and used to urge a horse on
2
:  something that makes a person want to do something :  incentive
3
:  a mass of jagged rock coming out from the side of a mountain
4
:  a short section of railway track coming away from the main line
5
:  a usually short pointed growth or projecting part (as a spine on the leg of a rooster)
spurred \ˈspərd\ adjective
on the spur of the moment
:  without thinking for a long time <We decided to go on the spur of the moment.> Hint:Spur-of-the-moment is often used as an adjective. <a spur-of-the-moment decision>

2spur

verb
spurredspur·ring

Definition of SPUR for Kids

1
:  to urge a horse on with spurs
2
:  incite <A promised reward spurred them to work.>
Medical Dictionary

spur

noun \ˈspər\

Medical Definition of SPUR

:  a sharp and especially bony outgrowth (as on the heel of the foot)
spurred \ˈspərd\ adjective
July 05, 2015
bunkum Hear it
insincere or foolish talk
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