• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spurred Affected with spur, or ergot; as, spurred rye.
    • Spurred Wearing spurs; furnished with a spur or spurs; having shoots like spurs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The male platypus has poisonous spurs on its legs
    • spurred Wearing spurs: as, a spurred horseman.
    • spurred In ornithology:
    • spurred Having unusually long claws: as, the spurred towhee.
    • spurred Having spurs; calcarate. See spur, n., 3 .
    • spurred Spur-heeled.
    • spurred Spur-winged.
    • spurred In mammal., herpet., and entomology, having spurs of any kind; calearate.
    • spurred In botany, producing or provided with a spur; calcarate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Frederic Remington's sculpture The Bronco Buster has mistake in it: the cowboy is wearing his spurs upside down.
    • p.adj Spurred wearing spurs: having shoots like spurs: affected with ergot, as rye
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  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Every calamity is a spur and valuable hint.”
  • George Chapman
    George Chapman
    “Danger, the spur of all great minds.”
  • B. C. Forbes
    “Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion.”
  • David Hume
    “Avarice, the spur of industry.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    “Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age.”


Spur of the moment - If you do something on the spur of the moment, you do it because you felt like it at that time, without any planning or preparation.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. spora; Ice. spori, Ger. sporn.


In literature:

Notwithstanding a liberal use of the spur, his horse could not be induced to depart from a walk.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
Garth from his station, seeing the new look of horror overspread Natalie's face, spurred to join her.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
Nor was adventure the only spur.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
And so he chattered on, joyously, pacing my chamber while Dennis buckled my spurs.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
Towards evening the little party were beginning to enter among the mountain spurs, or foot-hills.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Even those who are not directly spurred on by this intensified struggle for wealth and honour, are indirectly spurred on by it.
"The Contemporary Review, January 1883" by Various
He dug his horse viciously with his spurs and jerked him in, dancing and fighting the bit.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
Spur-carrying whip used for high school riding 181 92.
"The Horsewoman" by Alice M. Hayes
The horse, at the touch of the spur, jumped to a gallop.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
I think they'll try to come in by the fence near the railroad spur.
"The Boy Scout Fire Fighters" by Robert Maitland

In poetry:

He wore upon his spurs
Twelve little golden birds;
Anon he spurred his steed with a clang,
And there sat all the birds and sang.
"The Elected Knight. From The Danish. " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I flung me on my steed again,
I urged him with the spur and rein,--
I left him at the usual tree,
But left him there at liberty.
"The Troubadour. Canto 3" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Then putting spurs unto his steed,
He aim'd a dreadful thrust;
The spear against the gyant glanc'd
And caus'd the blood to burst.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
"Spur on! Spur on!" I turned and cried,
"The fatal moments fly!"
I cursed him then-his trembling hand-
I cursed his bloodshot eye.
"Arnold Rode Behind" by Roderic Quinn
"Hot spurred the turbaned riders;
He almost felt their breath,
Where a mountain stream rolled darkly down
Between the hills and death.
"The Hero" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Thine anger struck from me a fire
That purged all dull content away,
Our mortal strife to me has been
Unflagging spur from day to day.
"To My Enemy" by Lucy Maud Montgomery

In news:

Posted on March 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm by Jeff McDonald in Manu Ginobili, Spurs.
Spurs covet Florida guard Bradley Beal.
The Spurs are said to be interested in trading up to draft Bradley Beal in Thursday's draft.
Which free agents would Spurs Nation covet .
Most of Spurs Nation wishes the league's champion was determined yesterday.
In what seem to be never-ending conflicts spurring from the.
Posted on June 6, 2012 at 9:47 am by Tim Griffin in Gregg Popovich, Spurs, TNT.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is a reporter's dream — and a nightmare.
Life-sized cardboard cutouts of Eastwood, John Wayne and Gene Autry have been keeping watch over Glendale for months as part of an effort by Los Angeles resident Justin Stadel to spur a conversation about public art.
He suggests increasing corporate income won't help spur investment—while squeezing households by cutting wages will damp growth.
It also spurred him to build a brand that teaches a critical brand lesson: focus.
I'm curious is Spurs Nation believes if others would merit inclusion along with Bailey's three no-brainers.
Spurs expend more energy without Ginobili.
Spurs scrimmage extensively Friday afternoon.
Spurs forward Robert Horry scuffles with Phoenix Suns players after he fouled Steve Nash during the 2007 playoffs.

In science:

The existence of this transition on a fixed surface has spurred many groups to investigate actions incorporating stiffness terms on dynamically triangulated surfaces in the hope of finding a viable continuum limit for a string theory .
Freezing a Fluid Random Surface
Recent detection of the large angular scale fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background radiation spurred renewed interests in the potential significance of the inflation generated cosmological gravitational wave, [9,10].
Gravitational Wave Spectrums from Pole-like Inflations based on Generalized Gravity Theories
Fabian et al. who recently reported low frequency radio spurs extending towards the outer bubbles in NGC1275, consistent with this scenario ).
Chandra Observations of the Components of Clusters, Groups, and Galaxies and their Interactions
Recent developments in heavy-ion collisions and cosmology have spurred the theoretical understanding of the dynamics of quantum fields out of equilibrium.
Transport coefficients from the 2PI effective action
Perhaps spurred by observational progress, in recent years the sub ject of non-thermal process in, and their impact on, the ICM has attracted much attention.
Numerical Modeling of Gamma Radiation from Galaxy Clusters