• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spurn-water (Naut) A channel at the end of a deck to restrain the water.
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In literature:

When it had drunk water and was repairing to its cave, its rough and sharp hide spurned the blow of Frode's steel.
"The Danish History, Books I-IX" by Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
Inshore and farther out the mirror of water whitened, spurned by lightshod hurrying feet.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Rajah scattered the seeds about, spurned the banana-tip, tilted the water-cup and swashbuckled generally.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
The dog ate the biscuits, but spurned the ice water, which William promptly emptied from the open window.
"William Adolphus Turnpike" by William Banks
She was getting six hundred dollars a week and spurned soda water as if it were poison.
"What's-His-Name" by George Barr McCutcheon

In poetry:

And those boundless waters spurned me,
With their strong tempestuous hand—
Great, and huge, and wild they cast me
Into exile on the strand.
"The Sea Shell On The Desert" by Ernest Jones
"Beside that brigg, out ower that burn,
Where the water bickereth bright and sheen,
Shall many a fallen courser spurn,
And knights shall die in battle keen.
"Thomas the Rhymer" by Sir Walter Scott