1 [spahr]
Nautical. a stout pole such as those used for masts, etc.; a mast, yard, boom, gaff, or the like.
Aeronautics. a principal lateral member of the framework of a wing of an airplane.
verb (used with object), sparred, sparring.
to provide or make with spars.

1250–1300; Middle English sparre (noun); cognate with German Sparren, Dutch spar, Old Norse sparri

sparlike, adjective Unabridged


2 [spahr]
verb (used without object), sparred, sparring.
(of boxers) to make the motions of attack and defense with the arms and fists, especially as a part of training.
to box, especially with light blows.
to strike or attack with the feet or spurs, as gamecocks do.
to bandy words; dispute.
a motion of sparring.
a boxing match.
a dispute.

1350–1400; Middle English: orig., thrust (noun and v.); perhaps akin to spur


3 [spahr]
any of various more or less lustrous crystalline minerals: fluorspar.

1575–85; back formation from sparstone spar, Old English spærstān gypsum; compare Middle Low German spar

sparlike, adjective


(during World War II) a woman enlisted in the women's reserve of the U.S. Coast Guard (disbanded in 1946).
Also, Spar.

1942; < Latin S(emper) par(ātus) “Always ready” the Coast Guard motto


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spar1 (spɑː)
1.  a.  any piece of nautical gear resembling a pole and used as a mast, boom, gaff, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a spar buoy
2.  a principal supporting structural member of an aerofoil that runs from tip to tip or root to tip
[C13: from Old Norse sperra beam; related to Old High German sparro, Old French esparre]

spar2 (spɑː)
vb , spars, sparring, sparred
1.  boxing, martial arts to fight using light blows, as in training
2.  to dispute or argue
3.  (of gamecocks) to fight with the feet or spurs
4.  an unaggressive fight
5.  an argument or wrangle
6.  informal a close friend
[Old English, perhaps from spur]

spar3 (spɑː)
any of various minerals, such as feldspar or calcite, that are light-coloured, microcrystalline, transparent to translucent, and easily cleavableRelated: spathic
Related: spathic
[C16: from Middle Low German spar; related to Old English spærstān; see feldspar]

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Word Origin & History

"stout pole," c.1300, "rafter," from M.L.G. or M.Du. sparre, from P.Gmc. *sparron (cf. O.E. *spere "spear, lance," O.N. sperra "rafter, beam"), from PIE base *sper- "spear, pole" (see spear). Nautical use dates from 1640. Also borrowed in O.Fr. as esparre, which may have been
the direct source of the Eng. word.

"to box," c.1400, "to strike or thrust," perhaps from M.Fr. esparer "to kick," from It. sparare "to fling," from L. ex- + parare "to ward off, parry" (see pare). Used in 17c. in ref. to preliminary actions in a cock fight; fig. sense of "to dispute, bandy with words" is from
1698. Extension to humans, with meaning "to engage in or practice boxing" is attested from 1755.

"shiny mineral that splits easily," 1581, from Low Ger. Spar, from M.L.G. *spar, sper, cognate with O.E. spær- in spærstan "gypsum."
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Computing Dictionary

SPAR definition

Early system on Datatron 200 series. Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959).

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. Latin Semper Paratus (always ready—motto of the United States Coast Guard)

  2. a member of the women's reserve of the United States Coast Guard

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Example sentences for spar
The submarine had a long pole with an explosive charge in the bow, called a spar torpedo.
The mainsail is usually managed with a spar on the underside called a boom.
Acute scalenohedral crystals are sometimes referred to as dogtooth spar.
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