- 1A thick, strong pole such as is used for a mast or yard on a ship.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
Middle English: shortening of Old French esparre, or from Old Norse sperra; related to Dutch spar and German Sparren.
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 sparringMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Argue with someone without marked hostility: mother and daughter spar regularly over drink, drugs, and careerMore example sentences
quarrel, argue, have a row/fight, row, fight, disagree, fail to agree, differ, be at odds, have a misunderstanding, be at variance, fall out, dispute, squabble, brawl, bicker, chop logic, wrangle, bandy words, cross swords, lock horns, be at each other's throats, be at loggerheads• archaic altercate
- By the numbers - doctors, province spar over figures
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- 1A period or bout of sparring.More example sentences
- 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.
Old English sperran, spyrran 'strike out', of unknown origin; compare with Old Norse sperrask 'kick out'.
noun[usually in combination or with modifier]
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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.
late 16th century: from Middle Low German; related to Old English spærstān 'gypsum'.