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spar1

[spahr] /spɑr/
noun
1.
Nautical. a stout pole such as those used for masts, etc.; a mast, yard, boom, gaff, or the like.
2.
Aeronautics. a principal lateral member of the framework of a wing of an airplane.
verb (used with object), sparred, sparring.
3.
to provide or make with spars.
Origin of spar1
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English sparre (noun); cognate with German Sparren, Dutch spar, Old Norse sparri
Related forms
sparlike, adjective

spar2

[spahr] /spɑr/
verb (used without object), sparred, sparring.
1.
(of boxers) to make the motions of attack and defense with the arms and fists, especially as a part of training.
2.
to box, especially with light blows.
3.
to strike or attack with the feet or spurs, as gamecocks do.
4.
to bandy words; dispute.
noun
5.
a motion of sparring.
6.
a boxing match.
7.
a dispute.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English: orig., thrust (noun and v.); perhaps akin to spur1
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  • They sparred for a minute longer, and then the giant had his chance.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • They sparred at each other, and one of them was hit lightly upon the chest.

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • He was a fast, hard boxer and John had to extend himself to hold his own when they sparred for exercise at Blake's gymnasium.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • It was to be a fight, and the two men now faced each other and sparred for an opening.

    Tales of South Africa H.A. Bryden
  • Jem Mace tort me dis trick w'en I sparred wid him in Liverpool.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for sparred

spar1

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

spar2

/spɑː/
verb (intransitive) 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
noun
4.
an unaggressive fight
5.
an argument or wrangle
6.
(informal) a close friend
Word Origin
Old English, perhaps from spur

spar3

/spɑː/
noun
1.
any of various minerals, such as feldspar or calcite, that are light-coloured, microcrystalline, transparent to translucent, and easily cleavable related adjective spathic
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Low German spar; related to Old English spærstān; see feldspar
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Word Origin and History for sparred

spar

n.

"stout pole," c.1300, "rafter," from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch sparre, from Proto-Germanic *sparron (cf. Old English *spere "spear, lance," Old Norse sperra "rafter, beam"), from PIE root *sper- "spear, pole" (see spear (n.1)). Nautical use dates from 1640. Also borrowed in Old French as esparre, which may have been the direct source of the English word.

"shiny mineral that splits easily," 1580s, from Low German Spar, from Middle Low German *spar, sper, cognate with Old English spær- in spærstan "gypsum."

v

"to box," c.1400, "to strike or thrust," perhaps from Middle French esparer "to kick," from Italian sparare "to fling," from Latin ex- (see ex-) + parare "make ready, prepare," hence "ward off, parry" (see pare). Used in 17c. in reference to preliminary actions in a cock fight; figurative sense of "to dispute, bandy with words" is from 1690s. Extension to humans, with meaning "to engage in or practice boxing" is attested from 1755. Related: Sparred; sparring.

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Related Abbreviations for sparred

SPAR

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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