There are 3 definitions of spar in English:

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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 aeroplane 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 definitions of spar in English:

spar2

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Pronunciation: /spɑː
 
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verb (spars, sparring, sparred)

[no object]
  • 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 A close friend: Buster was his spar and he didn’t want to let him down

Origin

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

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noun

[usually in combination or with modifier]
  • A crystalline, easily cleavable, translucent or transparent mineral.

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.

Origin

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

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