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Definition of "spar" [spar]

  • Nautical A wooden or metal pole, such as a boom, yard, or bowsprit, used to support sails and rigging. (noun)
  • A usually metal pole used as part of a crane or derrick. (noun)
  • A main structural member in an airplane wing or a tail assembly that runs from tip to tip or from root to tip. (noun)
  • To supply with spars. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To fasten with a bolt. (verb-transitive)

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.

Use "spar" in a sentence
  • "The term spar is a generic term used by geologists to refer to any non-metallic mineral with a glassy (vitreous) luster that breaks on distinct flat surfaces (planes)."
  • "State of the Union: Carville, Matalin spar over CIA probe"
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