Spen·cer n. One who has the care of the spence, or buttery. [Obs.]
Spen·cer, n. A short jacket worn by men and by women.
Spen·cer, n. Naut. A fore-and-aft sail, abaft the foremast or the mainmast, hoisted upon a small supplementary mast and set with a gaff and no boom; a trysail carried at the foremast or mainmast; -- named after its inventor, Knight Spencer, of England .
Spencer mast, a small mast just abaft the foremast or mainmast, for hoisting the spencer. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
n : English philosopher and sociologist who applied the theory
of natural selection to human societies (1820-1903) [syn: