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 for Spur
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spur \Spur\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spurred (sp[^u]rd); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Spurring.]
     1. To prick with spurs; to incite to a more hasty pace; to
        urge or goad; as, to spur a horse.
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     2. To urge or encourage to action, or to a more vigorous
        pursuit of an object; to incite; to stimulate; to
        instigate; to impel; to drive.
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              Love will not be spurred to what it loathes. --Shak.
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     3. To put spurs on; as, a spurred boot.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spur \Spur\ (sp[^u]r), n. [See Sparrow.] (Zool.)
     (a) A sparrow. [Scot.]
     (b) A tern. [Prov. Eng.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spur \Spur\, n. [OE. spure, spore, AS. spura, spora; akin to D.
     spoor, G. sporn, OHG. sporo, Icel. spori, Dan. spore, Sw.
     sporre, and to AS. spor a trace, footstep, spyrian to trace,
     track, examine, and E. spurn. [root]171. Cf. Sparrow,
     Spere, Spoor, Spurn.]
     1. An implement secured to the heel, or above the heel, of a
        horseman, to urge the horse by its pressure. Modern spurs
        have a small wheel, or rowel, with short points. Spurs
        were the badge of knighthood.
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              And on her feet a pair of spurs large. --Chaucer.
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     2. That which goads to action; an incitement.
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              Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise
              (That last infirmity of noble mind)
              To scorn delights and live laborious days. --Milton.
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     3. Something that projects; a snag.
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     4. One of the large or principal roots of a tree. --Shak.
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     5. (Zool.) Any stiff, sharp spine, as on the wings and legs
        of certain birds, on the legs of insects, etc.;
        especially, the spine on a cock's leg.
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     6. A mountain that shoots from any other mountain, or range
        of mountains, and extends to some distance in a lateral
        direction, or at right angles.
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     7. A spiked iron worn by seamen upon the bottom of the boot,
        to enable them to stand upon the carcass of a whale, to
        strip off the blubber.
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     8. (Carp.) A brace strengthening a post and some connected
        part, as a rafter or crossbeam; a strut.
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     9. (Arch.)
        (a) The short wooden buttress of a post.
        (b) A projection from the round base of a column,
            occupying the angle of a square plinth upon which the
            base rests, or bringing the bottom bed of the base to
            a nearly square form. It is generally carved in
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     10. (Bot.)
         (a) Any projecting appendage of a flower looking like a
             spur. --Gray.
         (b) Ergotized rye or other grain. [R.]
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     11. (Fort.) A wall that crosses a part of a rampart and joins
         to an inner wall.
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     12. (Shipbuilding)
         (a) A piece of timber fixed on the bilge ways before
             launching, having the upper ends bolted to the
             vessel's side.
         (b) A curved piece of timber serving as a half beam to
             support the deck where a whole beam can not be
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     13. (Mining) A branch of a vein.
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     14. The track of an animal, as an otter; a spoor.
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     Spur fowl (Zool.), any one of several species of Asiatic
        gallinaceous birds of the genus Galloperdix, allied to
        the jungle fowl. The males have two or more spurs on each
     Spur gear (Mach.), a cogwheel having teeth which project
        radially and stand parallel to the axis; a spur wheel.
     Spur gearing, gearing in which spur gears are used. See
        under Gearing.
     Spur pepper. (Bot.) See the Note under Capsicum.
     Spur wheel. Same as Spur gear, above.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spur \Spur\, v. i.
     To spur on one's horse; to travel with great expedition; to
     hasten; hence, to press forward in any pursuit. "Now spurs
     the lated traveler." --Shak.
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           The Parthians shall be there,
           And, spurring from the fight, confess their fear.
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           The roads leading to the capital were covered with
           multitudes of yeomen, spurring hard to Westminster.
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           Some bold men, . . . by spurring on, refine themselves.
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