Definitions for: Spar


[n] a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging
[n] any of various nonmetallic minerals (calcite or feldspar) that are light in color and transparent or translucent and cleavable
[v] fight verbally; "They were sparring all night"
[v] box lightly
[v] fight with spurs; of gamecocks in cockfights



Webster (1913) Definition: Spar, n. [AS. sp[ae]r in sp[ae]rst[=a]n chalkstone; akin
to MHG. spar, G. sparkalk plaster.] (Min.)
An old name for a nonmetallic mineral, usually cleavable and
somewhat lustrous; as, calc spar, or calcite, fluor spar,
etc. It was especially used in the case of the gangue
minerals of a metalliferous vein.

Blue spar, Cube spar, etc. See under Blue, Cube, etc.


Spar, n. [OE. sparre; akin to D. spar, G. sparren, OHG.
sparro, Dan.& Sw. sparre, Icel. sparri; of uncertain origin.
? 171. Cf. Spar, v. t. ]
1. (Naut.) A general term any round piece of timber used as a
mast, yard, boom, or gaff.

2. (Arch.) Formerly, a piece of timber, in a general sense;
-- still applied locally to rafters.

3. The bar of a gate or door. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Spar buoy (Naut.), a buoy anchored by one end so that the
other end rises above the surface of the water.

Spar deck (Naut.), the upper deck of a vessel; especially,
in a frigate, the deck which is continued in a straight
line from the quarter-deck to the forecastle, and on which
spare spars are usually placed. See under Deck.

Spar torpedo (Naut.), a torpedo carried on the end of a
spar usually projecting from the bow of a vessel, and
intended to explode upon contact with an enemy's ships.


Spar, v. t. [OE. sparren, AS. sparrian; akin to G.
sperren, Icel. sperra; from the noun. [root]171. See Spara
beam, bar.]
1. To bolt; to bar. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

2. To To supply or equip with spars, as a vessel.

Note: A vessel equipped with spars that are too large or too
small is said to be oversparred or undersparred.


Spar, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sparred; p. pr. & vb. n.
Sparring.] [Of uncertain origin; cf. OF. esparer to kick,
F. ['e]parer, or Icel. sperra to stretch out the legs, to
struggle.]
1. To strike with the feet or spurs, as cocks do.

2. To use the fists and arms scientifically in attack or
defense; to contend or combat with the fists, as for
exercise or amusement; to box.

Made believe to spar at Paul with great science.
--Dickens.

3. To contest in words; to wrangle. [Colloq.]


Spar, n.
1. A contest at sparring or boxing.

2. A movement of offense or defense in boxing.

See Also: argue, boom, bowsprit, box, calcite, contend, debate, dolphin striker, feldspar, felspar, fence, fight, gaff, jibboom, martingale, mast, mineral, pole, ship, sprit, struggle, yard

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