1. A contest at sparring or boxing.
2. A movement of offense or defense in boxing.
spar n. Min. An old name for a nonmetallic mineral, usually cleavable and somewhat lustrous; as, calc spar, or calcite, fluor spar, etc. It was especially used in the case of the gangue minerals of a metalliferous vein.
Blue spar, Cube spar, etc. See under Blue, Cube, etc.
1. Naut. A general term any round piece of timber used as a mast, yard, boom, or gaff.
2. Arch. Formerly, a piece of timber, in a general sense; -- still applied locally to rafters.
3. The bar of a gate or door. [Obs.]
Spar buoy Naut., a buoy anchored by one end so that the other end rises above the surface of the water.
Spar deck Naut., the upper deck of a vessel; especially, in a frigate, the deck which is continued in a straight line from the quarter-deck to the forecastle, and on which spare spars are usually placed. See under Deck.
Spar torpedo Naut., a torpedo carried on the end of a spar usually projecting from the bow of a vessel, and intended to explode upon contact with an enemy's ships.
Spar, v. t.
1. To bolt; to bar. [Obs.]
2. To To supply or equip with spars, as a vessel.
Note: ☞ A vessel equipped with spars that are too large or too small is said to be oversparred or undersparred.
Spar, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sparred p. pr. & vb. n. Sparring.]
1. To strike with the feet or spurs, as cocks do.
2. To use the fists and arms scientifically in attack or defense; to contend or combat with the fists, as for exercise or amusement; to box.
Made believe to spar at Paul with great science. --Dickens.
3. To contest in words; to wrangle. [Colloq.]
n 1: any of various nonmetallic minerals (calcite or feldspar)
that are light in color and transparent or translucent
2: a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support
3: making the motions of attack and defense with the fists and
arms; a part of training for a boxer [syn: sparring]
v 1: furnish with spars
2: fight with spurs; "the gamecocks were sparring"
3: box lightly
4: fight verbally; "They were sparring all night"
[also: sparring, sparred]