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spur

noun

1 spur

A verbalization that encourages you to attempt something.

synonyms: goad, goading, prod, prodding, spurring, urging.

Roget 250: convexity, prominence, projection, swelling, gibbosity, bilge, bulge, protuberance, protrusion; camber, cahot [U.S.].    thank-ye-ma'am [U.S.].    swell.    intumescence; ... show more

Roget 615: motive, springs of action, wellsprings of action.    reason, ground, call, principle; by end, by purpose; mainspring, primum mobile [Lat.], keystone; the why and the wherefore; ... show more



2 spur

Any sharply pointed projection.

synonyms: acantha, spine.

Roget 253: sharpness etc. adj.; acuity, acumination; spinosity.    point, spike, spine, spicule [Biol.], spiculum; needle, hypodermic needle, tack, ... show more

3 spur

Tubular extension at the base of the corolla in some flowers.

4 spur

A sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward:
— Cowboys know not to squat with their spurs on.

synonym: gad.

Dutch: rijspoor, spoor
Polish: ostroga

5 spur

A railway line connected to a trunk line.

synonyms: branch line, spur track.

verb

1 spur

Incite or stimulate.

2 spur

Give heart or courage to.

synonym: goad.

Roget 615: induce, move; draw, draw on; bring in its train, give an impulse etc. n.; to; inspire; put up to, prompt, call up; attract, ... show more

3 spur

Strike with a spur.

4 spur

Goad with spurs.

5 spur

Equip with spurs.


Moby thesaurus: accelerate, activation, actuation, aculeate, acuminate, animate, appendage, arm, arouse, awaken, barb, barbel, barbule, bill, bough, branch, brashly, breakwater, bundle, bustle ... show more.

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