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English noun: spar

1. spar (substance) any of various nonmetallic minerals (calcite or feldspar) that are light in color and transparent or translucent and cleavable

Broader (hypernym)mineral

Narrower (hyponym)calcite, feldspar, felspar

2. spar (artifact) a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging

Broader (hypernym)pole

Narrower (hyponym)boom, bowsprit, dolphin striker, gaff, jibboom, martingale, mast, sprit, yard

Part meronymship

3. spar (act) making the motions of attack and defense with the fists and arms; a part of training for a boxer


Broader (hypernym)boxing, fisticuffs, pugilism

English verb: spar

1. spar (possession) furnish with spars

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

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

2. spar (contact) fight with spurs

SamplesThe gamecocks were sparring.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)contend, fight, struggle

Domain categoryathletics, cockfighting, sport

3. spar (contact) box lightly

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)box

Domain categoryathletics, sport

4. spar (communication) fight verbally

SamplesThey were sparring all night.

ExamplesSam and Sue spar, Sam wants to spar with Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)argue, contend, debate, fence

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