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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.


Synonymsgad


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


Synonymsgoad


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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