Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun spur

5 senses of spur

Sense 1
goad, goading, prod, prodding, urging, spur, spurring -- (a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something; "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves")
       => encouragement -- (the expression of approval and support)

Sense 2
spur, spine, acantha -- (any sharply pointed projection)
       => projection -- (any solid convex shape that juts out from something)

Sense 3
spur -- (tubular extension at the base of the corolla in some flowers)
       => plant process, enation -- (a natural projection or outgrowth from a plant body or organ)

Sense 4
spur, gad -- (a sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward; "cowboys know not to squat with their spurs on")
       => prod, goad -- (a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion)

Sense 5
branch line, spur track, spur -- (a railway line connected to a trunk line)
       => line, railway line, rail line -- (the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb spur

5 senses of spur

Sense 1
spur -- (incite or stimulate; "The Academy was formed to spur research")
       => promote, advance, boost, further, encourage -- (contribute to the progress or growth of; "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom")

Sense 2
spur, goad -- (give heart or courage to)
       => encourage -- (inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to)

Sense 3
spur -- (strike with a spur)
       => strike -- (deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon; "The teacher struck the child"; "the opponent refused to strike"; "The boxer struck the attacker dead")

Sense 4
spur -- (goad with spurs; "the rider spurred his horse")
       => goad -- (urge with or as if with a goad)

Sense 5
spur -- (equip with spurs; "spur horses")
       => equip, fit, fit out, outfit -- (provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose; "The expedition was equipped with proper clothing, food, and other necessities")

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