Definitions for: Spencer

[n] English philosopher and sociologist who applied the theory of natural selection to human societies (1820-1903)

Webster (1913) Definition: Spen"cer, n. [OF. despensier. See Spence, and cf.
One who has the care of the spence, or buttery. [Obs.]
--Promptorium Parvulorum.

Spen"cer, n. [From the third Earl Spencer, who first
wore it, or brought it into fashion.]
A short jacket worn by men and by women. --Ld. Lutton.

Spen"cer, n. (Naut.)
A fore-and-aft sail, abaft the foremast or the mainmast,
hoisted upon a small supplementary mast and set with a gaff
and no boom; a trysail carried at the foremast or mainmast;
-- named after its inventor, Knight Spencer, of England

Spencer mast, a small mast just abaft the foremast or
mainmast, for hoisting the spencer. --R. H. Dana, Jr.

Synonyms: Herbert Spencer

See Also: philosopher, sociologist

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