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spar1 / spär/ • n. a thick, strong pole such as is used for a mast or yard on a ship. ∎  the main longitudinal beam of an airplane wing. spar2 • v. (sparred , spar·ring ) [intr.] make the motions of boxing without landing heavy blows, as a form of training: one contestant broke his nose while sparring. ∎  engage in argument, typically of a kind that is prolonged or repeated but not violent: mother and daughter spar regularly over drink, drugs, and career. ∎  (of a gamecock) fight with the feet or spurs. • n. a period or bout of sparring. spar3 • n. [usu. in comb.] a crystalline, easily cleavable, light-colored mineral. DERIVATIVES: spar·ry adj.

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spar1 (dial.) rafter of a roof XIII; (orig. and esp. naut.) pole or length of timber XIV. — ON. sperra or aphetic — OF. esparre (mod. épare, épar) or :- its Gmc. source, repr. by MLG., MDu. sparre (Du. spar), OHG. sparro (G. sparren), ON. sparri
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spar: For dogtooth spar, see calcite; for fluorspar, see fluorite; for heavy spar, see barite; for satin spar, see calcite and gypsum. See also Iceland spar and feldspar.

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spar2 †strike out with the feet or a weapon OE.; engage in or practise boxing XVIII. OE. sperran, spyrran, *spierran, corr. to ON. sperrask kick out; of unkn. orig.

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spar3 gen. term for certain crystalline minerals. XVI. — MLG. spar, rel. to OE. spæren of plaster or mortar, spærstān gypsum.

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spar.
1. Rafter.

2. Bar, rail, stud, etc.

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sparaargh, Accra, afar, ah, aha, aide-mémoire, ajar, Alcazar, are, Armagh, armoire, Artois, au revoir, baa, bah, bar, barre, bazaar, beaux-arts, Bekaa, bête noire, Bihar, bizarre, blah, Bogotá, Bonnard, bra, cafard, café noir, Calabar, car, Carr, Castlebar, catarrh, Changsha, char, charr, cigar, comme ci comme ça, commissar, coup d'état, de haut en bas, devoir, Dhofar, Directoire, Du Bois, Dumas, Dunbar, éclat, embarras de choix, escritoire, fah, famille noire, far, feu de joie, film noir, foie gras, Fra, galah, gar, guar, guitar, ha, hah, ha-ha, Halacha, hurrah, hussar, huzza, insofar, Invar, jar, je ne sais quoi, ka, kala-azar, Kandahar, Khorramshahr, knar, Krasnodar, Kwa, la-di-da, lah, Lehár, Loire, ma, mama, mamma, mar, Mardi Gras, ménage à trois, mirepoix, moire, Navarre, noir, objet d'art, pa, pah, Panama, papa, par, Pará, Paraná, pas, pâté de foie gras, peau-de-soie, pietà, Pinot Noir, pooh-bah, poult-de-soie, pya, rah, registrar, Saar, Salazar, Sana'a, sang-froid, scar, schwa, Seychellois, shah, Shangri-La, shikar, ska, sol-fa, spa, spar, star, Starr, Stranraer, ta, tahr, tar, tartare, tata, tra-la, tsar, Twa, Villa, voilà, waratah, yah

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SPAR (spɑː) superprecision-approach radar
• indicating a member of the women's reserve of the US Coast Guard in World War II (from its motto, Semper paratus (Latin: always ready))

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