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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


Synonymssparring


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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