• WordNet 3.6
    • n spurring a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves"
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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.”
  • Francis Quarles
    “Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger.”
  • 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.”
  • Jean Paul
    “Joys are our wings, sorrows our spurs.”


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.


In literature:

An instant before Jack gave the order to fire they plunged their spurs into the flanks of the horses.
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
After a while, Captain Kingwalt came in, trailing his spurs over the floor, and leaving sunshine in his wake.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
It had a strong black spur on the shoulder, with which it can defend its young.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Flattening himself as best he could on Shawnee's back, he gave the roan the spur.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
Now, reassured, burning with delight, the jester spurred presumptuously forward, no longer feeling bound to lag in the rear.
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
Single line with alternate spurs 708 287.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
Deeply they spur their steeds for greater speed; They burn to fight.
"La Chanson de Roland" by Léon Gautier
Jack touched spurs to his horse and galloped out into the Saarbrueck road.
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
Celles, spurs near, 150.
"1914" by John French, Viscount of Ypres
To the west of the Peshawar and Kohat districts is a tangle of hills and valleys formed by outlying spurs of the Safed Koh.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie

In poetry:

Der Spur der Späne, die flogen, folgt
der Hornisschwarm, und am Brunnen
sträubt sich der Lockung,
die uns einst schwächte, das Haar.
"Holz Und Späne " by Ingeborg Bachmann
The hills sweep upward from the shore,
With villas scattered one by one
Upon their wooded spurs, and lower
Bellaggio blazing in the sun.
"Cadenabbia. Lake Of Como. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fourth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In came Humble, with boot and spur,
He cast on the table his sword:
“Sivard stands in the green wood bound,
He speaks not a single word.
"The Tournament (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
"Why will you spur so fast to die?
Be wiser ere the night go by.
A message late is a message lost;
For all your haste the foe had crossed.
"The Last Word" by Sir Henry Newbolt
The knight spurred on his tall black steed;
The lady spurred on her brown;
And fast they rade unto the flood,
And fast they baith swam down.
"Sir Roland" by Andrew Lang
I mark'd thy tears as fast they fell,
I saw but heard not thy farewell,
I gave my steed the spur and rein,--
I dared not look on thee again.
"The Troubadour. Canto 2" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon

In news:

Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs get nasty in Game 2 win over Thunder.
Group hopes sprucing it up will spur development.
City proposal could spur action on civil union benefits.
The Spurs were already down one starting small forward before they even walked into the AT&T Center on Monday night.
Health-Care Ruling Cloaked in Secrecy Spurs Guessing Game.
Oklahoma City Thunder deny Lil Wayne courtside seat, then clobber Spurs in Game 3.
Posted on May 7, 2012 at 11:14 pm by Tim Griffin in Gregg Popovich, Spurs, Utah Jazz.
The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (bit.ly/OVlmao) says cockfighting paraphernalia, including spurs, were also found.
Article spurs many memories of Columbus Day storm.
In its second year, city wants Ford Center to balance books, spur development Downtown.
Posted on August 21, 2011 at 11:16 am by Jeff McDonald in Cory Joseph, Spurs.
Mavs can't find their legs against Spurs.
This is further proof that the Washington establishment hasn't been able to spur a real economic recovery.
Fed bombing suspect's case spurs entrapment questions.
The recent death of a Healdton man from West Nile Virus has spurred the city to take a proactive stance against mosquitoes.

In science:

The calculation of sup(a,S )∈U ∗ (g) Spur(a, S ) is called the dual problem.
A Linear Programming Approach to Attainable Cram\'{e}r-Rao type Bounds and Randomness Condition II
For (a, S ) ∈ U ∗(g ) ∩ Spur−1([0, ∞)), we have trTρP a ≤ nkako .
A Linear Programming Approach to Attainable Cram\'{e}r-Rao type Bounds and Randomness Condition II
The discovery that a significant fraction of very metal-poor (VMP; [Fe/H] ≤ −2.0) stars have highly enhanced abundances of carbon ([C/Fe] ≥ +1.0) has spurred vigorous research efforts focused on delineating the nucleosynthetic histories of these ob jects and their role in the chemical evolution of the Galaxy.
Carbon Abundances of Three Carbon-Enhanced Metal-Poor Stars from High-Resolution Gemini-S/bHROS Spectra of the 8727A [C I] Line
Our goal is that this paper will be useful for the analysis of existing methods, and that it will spur development of new methods.
Limit theorems for empirical processes of cluster functionals
There has been persistent interest in the algorithmic aspects of interval graphs in the past decades, also spurred by their applicability to DNA sequencing (cf. ) and scheduling problems (cf. ).
Capturing Polynomial Time on Interval Graphs