spur

spur
spur1 [spə: US spə:r] n
[: Old English; Origin: spura]
1.) on the spur of the moment
suddenly, without any previous planning or thought
We would often decide what to play on the spur of the moment.
2.) a fact or event that makes you try harder to do something
spur to
It provided the spur to further research.
The crowd's reaction only acted as a spur.
3.) a sharp pointed object on the heel of a rider's boot which is used to encourage a horse to go faster
4.) earn/win your spurs
to show that you deserve to succeed because you have the right skills
5.) a piece of high ground which sticks out from the side of a hill or mountain
6.) a railway track or road that goes away from a main line or road
spur 2
spur2 v past tense and past participle spurred present participle spurring
1.) [T] also spur sb on
to encourage someone or make them want to do something
The band were spurred on by the success of their last two singles.
spur sb (on) to do sth
His misfortunes spurred him to write.
spur sb (on) to sth
the coach who spurred him on to Olympic success
It was an article in the local newspaper which finally spurred him into action .
2.) [T]
to make an improvement or change happen faster
Lower taxes would spur investment and help economic growth.
3.) [I and T]
to encourage a horse to go faster, especially by pushing it with special points on the heels of your boots

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  • SPUR — SPUR, auch S. P. U. R., war eine avantgardistische Gruppe bildender Künstler, die 1958 in München gegründet wurde. Sie leistete einen wichtigen künstlerischen und mit ihrem Manifest auch theoretischen Beitrag zur deutschen Avantgarde nach 1945.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Spur — Spur, n. [OE. spure, spore, AS. spura, spora; akin to D. spoor, G. sporn, OHG. sporo, Icel. spori, Dan. spore, Sw. sporre, and to AS. spor a trace, footstep, spyrian to trace, track, examine, and E. spurn. [root]171. Cf. {Sparrow}, {Spere},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spur — spur; spur·blind; spur·less; spur·ling; spur·ri·er; spur·ry; spur·tive; spur·tle; spur·rey; …   English syllables

  • Spur — Spur: Das altgerm. Substantiv mhd. spur, spor, ahd. spor, niederl. spoor, aengl. spor, schwed. spår ist im Sinne von »Tritt, Fußabdruck« verwandt mit ahd. spurnan »spornen«, aengl. spurnan »anstoßen, verschmähen« und aisl. sporna, sperna »treten …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • spur — [spʉr] n. [ME spure < OE spura, akin to Ger sporn < IE base * sp(h)er , to jerk, push with the foot > SPURN, Sans sphurāti, (he) kicks away, L spernere, lit., to push away] 1. any of various pointed devices worn on the heel by the rider… …   English World dictionary

  • Spur 1 — Spur I Gartenbahn in der Miniaturlandschaft des Bekonscot Model Village (England) Spur I Tin Plate Spielzeugeisenbahn der Firma Märklin Die Nenngröße I ( …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Spur — Sf std. (8. Jh.), mhd. spür, spur f./n., ahd. spur n., mndd. spor, mndl. spor n Stammwort. Aus g. * spura n. Spur , auch in anord. spor, ae. spor n. Ableitung aus dem unter Sporn behandelten g. * spur na Vst. treten , also eigentlich Tritt .… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Spur — Spur, Spurweite (gauge; écartement des rails; scartamento), die gegenseitige Entfernung der beiden zu einem Gleis gehörigen Schienenstränge senkrecht zwischen den Innenkanten der Schienenköpfe, u.zw. nach den T.V. 14 mm unter Schienenoberkante… …   Enzyklopädie des Eisenbahnwesens

  • spur — (n.) O.E. spura, spora (related to spurnan to kick, see SPURN (Cf. spurn)), from P.Gmc. *spuron (Cf. O.N. spori, M.Du. spore, Du. spoor, O.H.G. sporo, Ger. Sporn spur ), from PIE *spere ankle ( …   Etymology dictionary

  • Spur — Spur, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spurred} (sp[^u]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Spurring}.] 1. To prick with spurs; to incite to a more hasty pace; to urge or goad; as, to spur a horse. [1913 Webster] 2. To urge or encourage to action, or to a more vigorous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spur — Spur, v. i. To spur on one s horse; to travel with great expedition; to hasten; hence, to press forward in any pursuit. Now spurs the lated traveler. Shak. [1913 Webster] The Parthians shall be there, And, spurring from the fight, confess their… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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