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SP'AR, [If this word is connected with spare, the primary sense is probably thin. The sense of bar and spar, is however more generally derived from thrusting, shooting in length; so spear likewise. See Bar.]

1. A stone that breaks into a regular shape; marcasite. This name is popularly given to any crystalized mineral of a shining luster.

2. A round piece of timber. This name is usually given to the round pieces of timber used for the yards and top-masts of ships.

3. The bar of a gate.

SP'AR, v.t. To bar; to shut close or fasten with a bar.

SP'AR, v.i. [This is another form of the L. spiro. The primary sense is to urge, drive, throw, propel.]

1. To dispute; to quarrel in words; to wrangle. [This is the sense of the word in America.]

2. To fight with preclusive strokes.



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SP'AR, [If this word is connected with spare, the primary sense is probably thin. The sense of bar and spar, is however more generally derived from thrusting, shooting in length; so spear likewise. See Bar.]

1. A stone that breaks into a regular shape; marcasite. This name is popularly given to any crystalized mineral of a shining luster.

2. A round piece of timber. This name is usually given to the round pieces of timber used for the yards and top-masts of ships.

3. The bar of a gate.

SP'AR, v.t. To bar; to shut close or fasten with a bar.

SP'AR, v.i. [This is another form of the L. spiro. The primary sense is to urge, drive, throw, propel.]

1. To dispute; to quarrel in words; to wrangle. [This is the sense of the word in America.]

2. To fight with preclusive strokes.

SPAR, n. [D. spar, a rafter, a shingle; G. sparren, a spar, a rafter; Dan. spar, a spar, a small beam, the bar of a gate; Sw. sparre, a rafter; Fr. barre; It. sbarra, a bar; Sp. esparr, a fossil; espar, a drug. If this word is connected with spare, the primary sense is probably thin. The sense of bar and spar, is however more generally derived from thrusting, shooting in length; so spear likewise. See Bar.]

  1. A stone that breaks into a regular shape; marcasite. This name is popularly given to any crystalized mineral of a shining luster. It is the G. spath.
  2. A round piece of timber. This name is usually given the round pieces of timbers used for the yards and top-mast of ships.
  3. The bar of a gate. [Obs.] – Chaucer.

SPAR, v.i. [Sax. spirian, to argue or dispute, to aspire; Russ. sporyu, to dispute, to contend; Ir. sparnam. The Saxon word signifies to dispute, also to investigate, to inquire or explore, to follow after. This is another form of the L. spiro, Gr. σπαιρω, σπειρω. Τηε primary sense is to urge, drive, throw, propel.]

  1. To dispute; to quarrel in words; to wrangle. [This is the meaning of the word in America.]
  2. To fight with prelusive strokes. – Johnson.

SPAR, v.t. [Sax. sparran; G. sperren; from spar.]

To bar; to shut close or fasten with a bar. – Chaucer.


Spar
  1. 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.

  2. A general term any round piece of timber used as a mast, yard, boom, or gaff.
  3. To bolt; to bar.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.
  4. To strike with the feet or spurs, as cocks do.
  5. A contest at sparring or boxing.
  6. Formerly, a piece of timber, in a general sense; -- still applied locally to rafters.
  7. To To supply or equip with spars, as a vessel.

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

  8. 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.

  9. A movement of offense or defense in boxing.
  10. 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.

  11. To contest in words; to wrangle.

    [Colloq.]
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Spar

SP'AR, [If this word is connected with spare, the primary sense is probably thin. The sense of bar and spar is however more generally derived from thrusting, shooting in length; so spear likewise. See Bar.]

1. A stone that breaks into a regular shape; marcasite. This name is popularly given to any crystalized mineral of a shining luster.

2. A round piece of timber. This name is usually given to the round pieces of timber used for the yards and top-masts of ships.

3. The bar of a gate.

SP'AR, verb transitive To bar; to shut close or fasten with a bar.

SP'AR, verb intransitive [This is another form of the Latin spiro. The primary sense is to urge, drive, throw, propel.]

1. To dispute; to quarrel in words; to wrangle. [This is the sense of the word in America.]

2. To fight with preclusive strokes.

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