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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
spar1 /spɑr/USA pronunciation   n., v., sparred, spar•ring. 

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

v. [+ object]
  1. 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.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
spar1 (spär), 
n., v., sparred, spar•ring. 

n. 
  1. Nautical, Naval Terms[Naut.]a stout pole such as those used for masts, etc.;
    a mast, yard, boom, gaff, or the like.
  2. Aeronautics[Aeron.]a principal lateral member of the framework of a wing of an airplane.

v.t. 
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsto provide or make with spars.
Etymology:1250–1300;
Middle English sparre (noun, nominal);
cognate with German Sparren, Dutch spar, Old Norse sparri
sparlike′, adj. 

spar2 (spär), 
v., sparred, spar•ring, n. 

v.i. 
  1. Sport(of boxers) to make the motions of attack and defense with the arms and fists, esp. as a part of training.
  2. Sportto box, esp. with light blows.
  3. Sportto strike or attack with the feet or spurs, as gamecocks do.
  4. to bandy words;
    dispute.

n. 
  1. Sporta motion of sparring.
  2. Sporta boxing match.
  3. a dispute.
Etymology:1350–1400;
Middle English: origin, originally, thrust (noun, nominal and verb, verbal);
perh. akin to spur

spar3 (spär), 
n. 
  1. Mineralogyany of various more or less lustrous crystalline minerals:fluorspar.
Etymology:1575–85;
back formation from sparstone spar, Old English spærstān gypsum;
compare Middle Low German spar
sparlike′, adj. 

SPAR (spär), 
n. 
  1. Military(during World War II) a woman enlisted in the women's reserve of the U.S. Coast Guard (disbanded in 1946).
Also,Spar. 
Etymology:
  • Latin south, southern(emper) par(ātus) "Always ready'' the Coast Guard motto
  • 1942

SpAr, 
  • Spanish Arabic.


  • 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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