WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
spar1 /spɑr/USA pronunciation n., v., sparred, spar•ring.

n. [countable]
  • Nautical, Naval Termsa stout pole such as those used for masts;
    a mast.
  • Aeronauticsone of the principal side parts of the framework of a wing of an airplane.

  • v. [+ object]
  • Nautical, Naval Termsto provide or make with spars.

  • spar2 /spɑr/USA pronunciation v. [no object],sparred, spar•ring.
    1. Sport(of a boxer) to make the motions of attack and defense with the arms and fists, esp. as a part of training.
    2. to box, esp. with light blows such as for practice.
    3. to argue with words;
      dispute:Even before the debate began they were sparring.


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    spar /spɑː/ n
    1. any piece of nautical gear resembling a pole and used as a mast, boom, gaff, etc
    2. a principal supporting structural member of an aerofoil that runs from tip to tip or root to tip
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old Norse sperra beam; related to Old High German sparro, Old French esparre
    spar /spɑː/ vb (spars, sparring, sparred)(intransitive)
    1. to fight using light blows, as in training
    2. to dispute or argue
    3. (of gamecocks) to fight with the feet or spurs
    n
    1. an unaggressive fight
    2. an argument or wrangle
    Etymology: Old English, perhaps from spur
    spar /spɑː/ n
    1. any of various minerals, such as feldspar or calcite, that are light-coloured, microcrystalline, transparent to translucent, and easily cleavable
    Etymology: 16th Century: from Middle Low German spar; related to Old English spærstān; see feldspar



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