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spur

spur

 
 
pronunciation:
spuhr
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
on the spur of the moment
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a device attached to a rider's boot heel that has a spike or toothed wheel and is used to urge the horse forward.
definition 2: anything that prods or incites to action or to greater effort or speed.
synonyms:
cue, goad, impetus, prod, prompt
antonyms:
curb, discouragement, restraint
similar words:
stimulant
definition 3: a pointed or projecting growth or formation, as on the legs of some birds such as roosters, or on human bone as a result of injury.
definition 4: a short section of railroad track that joins a main line.
phrase: on the spur of the moment
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: spurred, spurring, spurs
definition 1: to urge (a horse) to start or go faster by using spurs.
synonyms:
rowel
similar words:
drive, press, race, speed
definition 2: to urge or incite to act, to make a greater effort, or to go faster (often fol. by on).
Her enthusiasm spurred me on.
synonyms:
egg, goad, prick, prod
antonyms:
curb, discourage, restrain
similar words:
actuate, drive, incite, lash, needle, press, prompt, provoke, rouse, stimulate, whip up
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to use spurs to urge a horse to start or go faster.
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