Meaning of SPAR in English


I. ˈspär, -pȧ(r transitive verb

( sparred ; sparred ; sparring ; spars )

Etymology: partly from Middle English sperren, from Middle Dutch; partly from Middle English sparren, from Old English ge sparrian; akin to Middle Dutch & Old High German sperren to bolt, lock, hamper, Old Norse sperra to bolt, bar, sparri beam, rafter — more at spar II

1. archaic : bolt , bar , fasten


a. obsolete : shut , close

b. obsolete : to shut up : enclose

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English sparre; akin to Middle Dutch sparre beam, rafter, Old High German sparro, Old Norse sparri beam, rafter, Old English spere spear — more at spear

1. archaic : rafter


a. : a pole or moderately thick piece of timber

b. : a stout rounded typically solid piece of wood or metal (as a mast, boom, gaff, yard) used to support rigging — see ship illustration


(1) : one of the main longitudinal members of the wing of an airplane that carry the ribs

(2) : longeron

3. : a thin doubled stick used in fastening thatch on roofs

III. transitive verb

( sparred ; sparred ; sparring ; spars )

: to move or assist (a stranded ship) with a spar or with spar and tackle

IV. verb

( sparred ; sparred ; sparring ; spars )

Etymology: probably alteration of spur (II)

intransitive verb

1. : to strike or fight with the feet or spurs like a gamecock

2. : to contest in words : wrangle

the gabble of the vegetable men as they sparred with women at the open stalls outside their stores — Hortense Calisher


a. : box ; especially : to make offensive and defensive gestures without landing a blow in order to draw one's opponent and find or create an opening

b. : to engage in a practice or exhibition bout especially of scientific boxing with a sparring partner

4. : to engage in a skirmish

along the ground front … troops sparred in scattered fights — New York Times

5. : to move or act slowly or inconclusively : stall

seems to spar for time by asking that questions be repeated — Jerome Frank

transitive verb

: to teach (a gamecock) to fight : train for fighting

V. noun

( -s )


a. : a movement of offense or defense in boxing

b. : a sparring match or session

2. : a wrangle or dispute especially between well-matched opponents : a contest of thrust and counter

VI. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Low German, from Middle Low German; akin to Old English spær stān gypsum, chalk, spæren of plaster

: any of various nonmetallic usually cleavable and somewhat lustrous minerals ; especially : such a mineral occurring as gangue in a metalliferous vein — compare calcspar , feldspar , fluorite

VII. noun

( -s )

Usage: usually capitalized

Etymology: from S emper Par atus, motto of the United States Coast Guard from New Latin, always ready

: a member of the Women's Reserve of the United States Coast Guard formed during World War II

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