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spar 1

1. Nautical A wooden or metal pole, such as a mast, boom, yard, or bowsprit, used to support sails and rigging.
2. A usually metal pole used as part of a crane or derrick.
3. A main structural member in an airplane wing or a tail assembly that runs from tip to tip or from root to tip.
tr.v. sparred, spar·ring, spars
1. To supply with spars.
2. Obsolete To fasten with a bolt.

[Middle English sparre, rafter.]

spar 2

intr.v. sparred, spar·ring, spars
a. To fight with an opponent in a short bout or practice session, as in boxing or the martial arts.
b. To make boxing or fighting motions without hitting one's opponent.
2. To bandy words about in argument; dispute.
3. To fight by striking with the feet and spurs. Used of gamecocks.
1. A motion of attack or defense in boxing.
2. A sparring match.

[Middle English sparren, to thrust or strike rapidly, perhaps from obsolete French esparer, to kick, from Old Italian sparare, to fling : s-, intensive pref.; see sforzando + parare, to ward off; see parry.]

spar 3

A nonmetallic, readily cleavable, translucent or transparent light-colored mineral with a shiny luster, such as feldspar.

[Low German, from Middle Low German; akin to Old English spær- (in spær-stān, gypsum).]


also Spar  (spär)
A member of the women's reserve of the US Coast Guard, disbanded as a separate unit in 1946.

[Contraction of Latin semper parātus, always prepared, the motto of the US Coast Guard : semper, always + parātus, prepared.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sparring - an argument in which the participants are trying to gain some advantage
contestation, controversy, disceptation, arguing, argument, contention, disputation, tilt - a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"
2.sparring - making the motions of attack and defense with the fists and arms; a part of training for a boxer
boxing, pugilism, fisticuffs - fighting with the fists


sparring match
n (lit)Sparringkampf m; (fig)(Wort)geplänkel nt, → Wortgefecht nt
sparring partner
n (lit)Sparringpartner(in) m(f); (fig also)Kontrahent(in) m(f)
References in classic literature ?
Soon, the Englishman who had tossed the caber was sparring with the dramatic critic, Hazard and Hall boxed in fantastic burlesque, then, gloves in hand, looked for the next appropriately matched couple.
Easy sparring now"; "No roughhouse, Bideaux"; "Just light tapping, you know," were admonitions variously addressed to the Iron Man.
With these words, the speaker tapped himself on the waistcoat to intimate that he was the Jem Groves so highly eulogized; sparred scientifically at a counterfeit Jem Groves, who was sparring at society in general from a black frame over the chimney-piece; and, applying a half-emptied glass of spirits and water to his lips, drank Jem Groves's health.
Hwa Rang competed against schools from Scotland, Ireland and England in individual sparring, team sparring, patterns and special techniques.
Andrew and Owen also took part in tag team sparring, each winning a silver medal.
Famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach doesn't mind seeing his prized pupil Manny Pacquiao go on slow starts during his sparring sessions in preparation for the Jeff Horn bout come July 2.
In the adults black belt category, Emma Palmer took bronzes for sparring and (patterns) and, in the adults colour belt category, Jeff Owen won bronze in sparring and silver for patterns while Darren Omarlley took gold for sparring and bronze for patterns.
Based at Deighton and Birchencliffe, members took part in pattern divisions, point sparring and continuous sparring and enjoyed terrific success against clubs from all over the British Isles.
Jennifer DePlanche, of Berlin, first place, girls 13-15 Advanced Kata (Double Crown Winner), first place girls 13-15 Advanced Sparring, second place 13-17 Under Black Belt Weapons Kata;
At the 2008 European Championships held in Cork, Ireland, West Derby instructor and England squad member Jay McGinn, achieved third in the Mens Black Belt Light-Heavyweight Sparring.
Callum Burkinshaw, aged six, silver in boys" under-25kgs Qingda sparring and silver in boys' under-11s traditional southern form.
Veteran John Kirkwood won gold in sparring and breaking and his son John took gold in the kata section.