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spar (pole)

Definition:

a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plural:

spars

Part of:

ship

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Middle English sparre ("spar, rafter, beam") (noun), sparren ("to close, bar")...
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All senses of spar...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

spar

any piece of nautical gear resembling a pole and used as a mast, boom, gaff, etc | [modifier] | a principal supporting structural member of an ... (24 of 539 words, 10 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/spar

American Heritage Dictionary:

spar | sparred [past tense] | sparring [present participle] | spars [3rd-person singular present] | SPAR

[nautical] A wooden or metal pole, such as a boom, yard, or bowsprit, used to support sails and rigging. | A usually metal pole used as part of a ... (28 of 250 words, 13 definitions, pronunciations)

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New World Dictionary:

spar | sparred [past tense] | sparring [present participle] | Spar [United States] | SPAR [United States]

any shiny, crystalline, nonmetallic mineral that cleaves easily into chips or flakes | any pole, as a mast, yard, boom, or gaff, supporting or ... (23 of 186 words, 10 definitions, pronunciations)

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spar

any shiny, crystalline, nonmetallic mineral that cleaves easily into chips or flakes (12 of 25 words, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

spar | sparred [past tense] | sparring [present participle] | SPAR | SpAr | SPAR: Spar [sense-specific] | SpAr: Spanish Arabic [sense-specific]

[nautical] a stout pole such as those used for masts, etc.; a mast, yard, boom, gaff, or the like. | [aeronautics] a principal lateral member of the ... (26 of 158 words, 13 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/spar

Wikipedia:

Spar [disambiguation] | Spars

may refer to: Spar (aviation), part of an aircraft | Spar (grape) | Spar (mineralogy) | Spar (platform) | Spar (retailer), a chain of stores | Spar (sailing), part of a sailing vessel | "Spar" (short story), by Kij Johnson | Spar (tree), part of a... (39 of 148 words, 16 definitions)

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Wiktionary:

spar | spars [plural] | sparred [past tense] | sparring [present participle]

A rafter of a roof. | A thick pole or piece of wood. | [obsolete] A bar of wood used to fasten a door. | [nautical] A general term denoting any linear object used as a mast, sprit, yard, boom, pole or gaff. | [aeronautics] A beam-like structural member... (45 of 141 words, 10 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/spar

Oxford Dictionary:

spar [entry 1]

a thick, strong pole such as is used for a mast or yard on a ship. | the main longitudinal beam of an aeroplane wing. (24 of 71 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/spar

spar [entry 2] | sparred [past tense] | sparring [present participle] | spars [3rd-person singular present]

make the motions of boxing without landing heavy blows, as a form of training | argue with someone without marked hostility | (of a gamecock) fight ... (24 of 116 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/spar--2

spar [entry 3] | sparry [derived]

Syllabification: (spar) | [combination or with modifier] | a crystalline, easily cleavable, light-colored mineral. (12 of 59 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/spar--3

spar [entry 3, combination or with modifier] | sparry [derived]

a crystalline, easily cleavable, translucent or transparent mineral (8 of 58 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/spar--3

Merriam-Webster:

spar [entry 1, noun]

a stout pole | a stout rounded usually wood or metal piece (as a mast, boom, gaff, or yard) used to support rigging ; any of the main longitudinal ... (28 of 67 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/spar show=1

spar [entry 2, verb] | sparred [past tense] | sparring [present participle] | skirmish [synonym, sense-specific] | box [synonym, sense-specific] | wrangle [synonym, sense-specific]

"box" ; especially, to gesture without landing a blow to draw one's ... | "skirmish", "wrangle" | to strike or fight with feet or spurs in the manner ... (26 of 90 words, 3 definitions)

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spar [entry 3, noun]

a movement of offense or defense in boxing | a sparring match or session (13 of 26 words, 2 definitions)

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spar [entry 4, noun]

any of various nonmetallic usually cleavable and lustrous minerals (9 of 31 words)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

spar [countable, noun] | spars [plural]

a thick strong pole that supports something ; a thick pole that supports ... | a long thin piece of rock or a mineral (23 of 65 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/spar 8

spar [intransitive] | sparred [past tense] | sparring [present participle] | spars [3rd-person singular present]

to practise fighting with someone | [journalism] to argue (8 of 56 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/spar

Cambridge Dictionary:

spar [entry 1] | -rr- [past tense]

to practise boxing, without hitting hard | to argue (8 of 29 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/spar 1

spar [entry 2, specialized]

a strong pole, especially one used as a mast to hold the sail on a ship (16 of 22 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/spar 2

Britannica Encyclopedia:

ship

any large floating vessel capable of crossing open waters, as opposed to a boat, which is generally a smaller craft. The term formerly was applied to ... (26 of 944 words, 52 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/540904​/ship

Columbia Encyclopedia:

ship

large craft in which persons and goods may be conveyed on water. In the United States Navy the term "boat" refers to any vessel that is small enough ... (28 of 540 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

spar [entry 1] | spars [plural]

a thick strong pole used to support rigging on a ship | any of the principal lateral members supporting the wing of an airplane | a metal pole that is ... (28 of 84 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861711091​/definition​.html  [offline]

spar [entry 2] | spars [plural] | sparred [past tense] | sparring [present participle]

to box, especially to fake a blow in order to draw an opponent or create an opening | to engage in a practice or exhibition bout of boxing or martial ... (29 of 125 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

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spar [entry 3]

any light-colored lustrous mineral that cleaves easily (7 of 24 words, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Wiktionary:

spar | spars [plural] | sparred [past tense] | sparring [present participle]

Origin: Middle English sparre ("spar, rafter, beam") (noun), sparren ("to close, bar") (verb),... | Middle English sparren ("to thrust or strike rapidly"), from Old English sperran, spirran, spyrran ("to... (27 of 118 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/spar

New World Dictionary:

spar | sparred [past tense] | sparring [present participle]

Origin: Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, akin to Old English spærstan, gypsum, chalk | Middle English sparre from Old Norse sparri or ... (21 of 76 etymology words)

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spar

Origin: Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, akin to Old English spærstan, gypsum, chalk

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American Heritage Dictionary:

spar | sparred [past tense] | sparring [present participle] | spars [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English sparre, rafter. | Middle English sparren, to thrust or strike rapidly, perhaps from obsolete French ... (16 of 60 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

spar

First use: 13th century | 16th century

Origin: from Old Norse sperra beam; related to Old High German sparro, Old French esparre | Old English, perhaps from spur | from Middle ... (25 of 35 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

spar [entry 1]

Origin: Middle English: shortening of Old French esparre, or from Old Norse sperra; related to Dutch spar and German Sparren

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/spar

spar [entry 2] | sparred [past tense] | sparring [present participle] | spars [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old English sperran, spyrran "strike out", of unknown origin; compare with Old Norse sperrask "kick out"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/spar--2

spar [entry 3]

First use: late 16th century

Origin: Middle Low German; related to Old English spærstān "gypsum"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/spar--3

Merriam-Webster:

spar [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English sparre; akin to Old English spere spear

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spar [entry 2, verb] | sparred [past tense] | sparring [present participle]

First use: 1537

Origin: Middle English sparren to dart, spring

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spar [entry 4, noun]

First use: 1581

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

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Encarta Dictionary:

spar

Origin: Because spoken in the low-lying part of Germany

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861711093​/definition​.html  [offline]

spar [entry 1] | spars [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Probably from Old French esparre or Old Norse sperra

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861711091​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

spar

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "spar"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/spar

Macmillan British Dictionary:

spar [countable, noun] | spars [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "spar"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/spar 8

spar [intransitive] | sparred [past tense] | sparring [present participle] | spars [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "spar"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/spar

Macmillan American Dictionary:

spar [countable, British, noun] | spars [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "spar"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/spar 8

spar [intransitive] | sparred [past tense] | sparring [present participle] | spars [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "spar"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/spar

Cambridge Dictionary:

spar [entry 1] | -rr- [past tense]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "spar"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "spar"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/spar 1

the Free Dictionary:

SPAR

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Spar" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/spar

Google Dictionary:

spar | spars [plural] | sparred [past tense] | sparring [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "spar"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

spar

Audio: North American pronunciation of "spar"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=spar​0001 word=spar

YourDictionary Audio:

spar

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "spar" by speech synthesizer

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