Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: spar
IPA transcription: [sp'ɑɹ]
noun meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: spar, sparring
    Meaning: making the motions of attack and defense with the fists and arms; a part of training for a boxer
  • Synonyms: spar
    Meaning: a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging
  • Synonyms: spar
    Meaning: any of various nonmetallic minerals (calcite or feldspar) that are light in color and transparent or translucent and cleavable
verb meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: spar
    Meaning: fight verbally; "They were sparring all night"
  • Synonyms: spar
    Meaning: box lightly
  • Synonyms: spar
    Meaning: fight with spurs; "the gamecocks were sparring"
  • Synonyms: spar
    Meaning: furnish with spars
Usage examples
  • "Oh, it's a spar," said Melick.
  • "Probably the spar of some ship."
  • It doesn't look to me like a spar."
  • "It's not a spar," said Melick, who was at the bow.
  • But most like chaos, -- stopless, cool, -- Without a chance or spar, Or even a report of land To justify despair.
  • The spot thus chosen was a dark, circular object, about a hundred yards away, and certainly did look very much like the extremity of some spar, the rest of which was under water.
  • The signal for a wreck was hoisted at the flagstaff, but when the signallman went to look for a wreck he could not find one. He searched along the shore and found the dead body of the captain, and a piece of splintered spar seven or eight feet long, on which the cabin boy had come ashore.
  • Proudly the flood comes in, shouting, foaming, advancing, Long it holds at the high, with bosom broad outswelling, All throbs, dilates--the farms, woods, streets of cities--workmen at work, Mainsails, topsails, jibs, appear in the offing--steamers' pennants of smoke--and under the forenoon sun, Freighted with human lives, gaily the outward bound, gaily the inward bound, Flaunting from many a spar the flag I love.