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Definition of "spur" []

  • A short spike or spiked wheel that attaches to the heel of a rider's boot and is used to urge a horse forward. (noun)
  • Something that serves as a goad or incentive. (noun)
  • A spurlike attachment or projection, as: (noun)
  • A spinelike process on the leg of some birds. (noun)
  • A climbing iron; a crampon. (noun)
  • A pointed device or sharp spiked wheel fixed to the heel of a rider's boot to enable him to urge his horse on (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Anything serving to urge or encourage (noun)
  • A sharp horny projection from the leg just above the claws in male birds, such as the domestic cock (noun)
  • A pointed process in any of various animals; calcar (noun)
  • A tubular extension at the base of the corolla in flowers such as larkspur (noun)
  • A short or stunted branch of a tree (noun)
  • A ridge projecting laterally from a mountain or mountain range (noun)
  • A wooden prop or a masonry reinforcing pier (noun)
  • A railway branch line or siding (noun)
  • A short side road leading off a main road (noun)
  • A sharp cutting instrument attached to the leg of a gamecock (noun)
  • To goad or urge with or as if with spurs (verb)
  • To go or ride quickly; press on (verb)
  • To injure or strike with a spur (verb)
  • To provide with a spur or spurs (verb)

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  • "In 2007, as a result of what he calls a spur of the moment decision, Cai left Hubei Province and decided that he would try and move to Taiwan, a country he felt respected human rights and the rule of law."