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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
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 spur
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Examples from the web for sparring
  • Rocks the boat a bit, sparring with people you generally agree with.
  • He makes a good sparring partner, and is sometimes right.
  • The fangs are not teeth, but bony jaw protrusions that are present only in males and are likely used for sparring.
  • It had no scars, no old wounds, not even the expected broken canine from sparring with other males.
  • When you attend to your sparring opponent out of the corner of your eye, you become hyperaware of his smallest gestures.
  • They began circling around each other, sparring for an opening.
  • He was good at sparring with her, and she never threw him.
  • Even before production proper started, the actors were sparring with each other.
  • Several climbed into the ring to try their hand at the sport, though only to engage in sparring matches.
  • The sparring often results in conflicting regulations, uncertain lines of authority and onerous tax burdens.
British Dictionary definitions for sparring

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 sparring

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 sparring

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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