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spar

noun \ ˈspär \

Definition of spar

1 : a stout pole
2 a : a stout rounded usually wood or metal piece (such 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 and Etymology of spar

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

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spar

verb

Definition of spar

sparred; sparring
intransitive verb
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 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

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spar

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

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spar

noun

Definition of spar

: 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

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SPAR

noun \ ˈspär \

Definition of SPAR

: a member of the women's reserve of the U.S. Coast Guard

Origin and Etymology of spar

Semper Paratus, motto of the U.S. Coast Guard, from New Latin, always ready


SPAR Defined for English Language Learners

spar

verb

Definition of spar for English Language Learners

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

  • : to argue with someone in a friendly way


SPAR Defined for Kids

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spar

noun \ ˈspär \

Definition of spar for Students

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

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spar

verb

Definition of spar for Students

sparred; sparring
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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