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English noun: spur

1. spur (communication) a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something

SamplesThe ceaseless prodding got on his nerves.

Synonymsgoad, goading, prod, prodding, spurring, urging

Broader (hypernym)encouragement

2. spur (shape) any sharply pointed projection

Synonymsacantha, spine

Broader (hypernym)projection

3. spur (plant) tubular extension at the base of the corolla in some flowers

Broader (hypernym)enation, plant process

4. spur (artifact) a sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward

SamplesCowboys know not to squat with their spurs on.


Broader (hypernym)goad, prod

Part holonymrowel

Part meronymboot

5. spur (artifact) a railway line connected to a trunk line

Synonymsbranch line, spur track

Broader (hypernym)line, rail line, railway line

Narrower (hyponym)loop-line

English verb: spur

1. spur (social) incite or stimulate

SamplesThe Academy was formed to spur research.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)advance, boost, encourage, further, promote

2. spur (emotion) give heart or courage to


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)encourage

3. spur (contact) strike with a spur

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)strike

Entailinjure, wound

4. spur (contact) goad with spurs

SamplesThe rider spurred his horse.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)goad

5. spur (contact) equip with spurs

SamplesSpur horses.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)equip, fit, fit out, outfit

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