There are 3 main definitions of spar in English:

spar1

Syllabification: spar
Pronunciation: /spär
 
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noun

1A thick, strong pole such as is used for a mast or yard on a ship.
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  • The spars - those are those huge, diagonal sticks hanging from the masts - are the frame for the sails.
  • Although these canoes are covered with birchbark, this skin, like that of a kayak, is stretched over a framework of ribs and spars.
  • Every point is held together by the spar that sticks up in the center.
1.1The main longitudinal beam of an airplane wing.
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  • GKN Aerospace of the UK is to supply the complex carbon composite wing spars.
  • The aircraft has twelve integral fuel tanks installed between the front and back spars in the wings.
  • It had a single two-bladed propeller in the front and high wings secured by a pair of metal spars from the bottom of the fuselage, which was white with a blue stripe to the tail.

Origin

Middle English: shortening of Old French esparre, or from Old Norse sperra; related to Dutch spar and German Sparren.

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There are 3 main definitions of spar in English:

spar2

Syllabification: spar
Pronunciation: /spär
 
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verb (spars, sparring, sparred)

[no object]
1Make the motions of boxing without landing heavy blows, as a form of training: one contestant broke his nose while sparring
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  • Truly, though, Shen liked to spar in the training room.
  • Later that evening she stood before her father, prepared to spar in the training hall.
  • He's introduced on stage, where amidst the dancers he stands at the end of a row, sparring with a punching bag.
1.1Engage in argument, typically of a kind that is prolonged or repeated but not violent: mother and daughter spar regularly over drink, drugs, and career
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  • By the numbers - doctors, province spar over figures
Synonyms
quarrel, argue, fight, disagree, differ, be at odds, be at variance, fall out, dispute, squabble, wrangle, bandy words, cross swords, lock horns, be at loggerheads
informal scrap, spat
1.2(Of a gamecock) fight with the feet or spurs.

noun

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1A period or bout of sparring.
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  • Maybe she could beat him in a spar match, but he wouldn't find out until the annual martial arts tournament at school.
  • They were matching each other move for move in a spar.
  • This wasn't a spar in the training room in Sunstone.
2 informal , chiefly British A close friend.

Origin

Old English sperran, spyrran 'strike out', of unknown origin; compare with Old Norse sperrask 'kick out'.

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There are 3 main definitions of spar in English:

spar3

Syllabification: spar
Pronunciation: /spär
 
/

noun

[usually in combination or with modifier]

Origin

late 16th century: from Middle Low German; related to Old English spærstān 'gypsum'.

Derivatives

sparry

adjective
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  • Polygonal septarian cracks are filled with sparry calcite cements or micrite matrix.
  • Gaps between the marcasite crystals are filled with coarse, sparry calcite.
  • The sparry calcite is interpreted as a single phase of precipitation that infilled external moulds of the arthropod.

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