From (etyl) (m).
A rigid implement, often roughly y-shaped, that is fixed to one's heel for the purpose of prodding a horse. Often worn by, and emblematic of, the cowboy or the knight.
* 1598 , William Shakespeare, (Henry V) , Act IV, Scene VI, line 4:
* 1786 , Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons , page 22:
- Lives he, good uncle? thrice within this hour I saw him down; thrice up again, and fighting; From helmet to the spur all blood he was.
Anything that inspires or motivates, as a spur does to a horse.
* 1601 , (William Shakespeare), (Troilus and Cressida) , Act II, Scene II, line 198.
- Two sorts of spurs seem to have been in use about the time of the Conquest, one called a pryck, having only a single point like the gaffle of a fighting cock; the other consisting of a number of points of considerable length, radiating from and revolving on a center, thence named the rouelle or wheel spur.
An appendage or spike pointing rearward, near the foot, for instance that of a rooster.
Any protruding part connected at one end, for instance a highway that extends from another highway into a city.
Roots, tree roots.
* 1609 , , Act IV, Scene II, line 57:
- But, worthy Hector, She is a theme of honour and renown, A spur to valiant and magnanimous deeds...
* 1610 , , act 5 scene 1
- I do note / That grief and patience, rooted in them both, / Mingle their spurs together.
- [...] the strong-bas'd promontory
- Have I made shake; and by the spurs pluck'd up
A mountain that shoots from another mountain or range and extends some distance in a lateral direction, or at right angles.
A spiked iron worn by seamen upon the bottom of the boot, to enable them to stand upon the carcass of a whale to strip off the blubber.
(carpentry) A brace strengthening a post and some connected part, such as a rafter or crossbeam; a strut.
(architecture) The short wooden buttress of a post.
(architecture) A projection from the round base of a column, occupying the angle of a square plinth upon which the base rests, or bringing the bottom bed of the base to a nearly square form. It is generally carved in leafage.
Ergotized rye or other grain.
A wall in a fortification that crosses a part of a rampart and joins to an inner wall.
(shipbuilding) A piece of timber fixed on the bilgeways before launching, having the upper ends bolted to the vessel's side.
(shipbuilding) A curved piece of timber serving as a half to support the deck where a whole beam cannot be placed.
- The pine and cedar
To prod (especially a horse) in the side or flank, with the intent to urge motion or haste, to gig.
* 1592 , William Shakespeare, Richard III , Act V, Scene III, line 339:
To urge or encourage to action, or to a more vigorous pursuit of an object; to incite; to stimulate; to instigate; to impel; to drive.
* 1599 , William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night , Act III, Scene IV, line 4.
- Draw, archers, draw your arrows to the head! Spur your proud horses hard, and ride in blood; Amaze the welkin with your broken staves!
To put spurs on; as, a spurred boot.
- My desire / (More sharp than filed steel) did spur me forth...
* spur on
(Scotland) A sparrow.
Short for spurious.
A spurious tone, one that interferes with a signal in a circuit and is often masked underneath that signal.