spoor


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spoor

 (spo͝or)
n.
1. The track or trail of an animal or person.
2. The footprints or other signs left by an animal or person, considered as a group: found fresh spoor.
tr.v. spoored, spoor·ing, spoors
To track (an animal or person) by following the spoor.

[Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch; see sperə- in Indo-European roots.]

spoor

(spʊə; spɔː)
n
(Hunting) the trail of an animal or person, esp as discernible to the human eye
vb
(Hunting) to track (an animal) by following its trail
[C19: from Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch spor; related to Old English spor track, Old High German spor; see spur]
ˈspoorer n

spoor

(spʊər, spɔr, spoʊr)

n.
1. a track or trail, esp. of a wild animal.
v.t.
2. to track by a spoor.
v.i.
3. to track an animal by a spoor.
[1815–25; < Afrikaans spoor < Dutch]

spoor


Past participle: spoored
Gerund: spooring

Imperative
spoor
spoor
Present
I spoor
you spoor
he/she/it spoors
we spoor
you spoor
they spoor
Preterite
I spoored
you spoored
he/she/it spoored
we spoored
you spoored
they spoored
Present Continuous
I am spooring
you are spooring
he/she/it is spooring
we are spooring
you are spooring
they are spooring
Present Perfect
I have spoored
you have spoored
he/she/it has spoored
we have spoored
you have spoored
they have spoored
Past Continuous
I was spooring
you were spooring
he/she/it was spooring
we were spooring
you were spooring
they were spooring
Past Perfect
I had spoored
you had spoored
he/she/it had spoored
we had spoored
you had spoored
they had spoored
Future
I will spoor
you will spoor
he/she/it will spoor
we will spoor
you will spoor
they will spoor
Future Perfect
I will have spoored
you will have spoored
he/she/it will have spoored
we will have spoored
you will have spoored
they will have spoored
Future Continuous
I will be spooring
you will be spooring
he/she/it will be spooring
we will be spooring
you will be spooring
they will be spooring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been spooring
you have been spooring
he/she/it has been spooring
we have been spooring
you have been spooring
they have been spooring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been spooring
you will have been spooring
he/she/it will have been spooring
we will have been spooring
you will have been spooring
they will have been spooring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been spooring
you had been spooring
he/she/it had been spooring
we had been spooring
you had been spooring
they had been spooring
Conditional
I would spoor
you would spoor
he/she/it would spoor
we would spoor
you would spoor
they would spoor
Past Conditional
I would have spoored
you would have spoored
he/she/it would have spoored
we would have spoored
you would have spoored
they would have spoored
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spoor - the trail left by a person or an animal; what the hunter follows in pursuing game; "the hounds followed the fox's spoor"
trail - a track or mark left by something that has passed; "there as a trail of blood"; "a tear left its trail on her cheek"

spoor

noun
Evidence of passage left along a course followed by a hunted animal or fugitive:
Translations

spoor

[spʊəʳ] Npista f, rastro m

spoor

[ˈspʊər] n [animal] → traces fpl

spoor

[spʊəʳ] ntraccia, pista
References in classic literature ?
The oxen had gone, and their spoor was obliterated by the fresh-fallen flakes.
This tree is the elephant's favourite food, and there were not wanting signs that the great brutes had been about, for not only was their spoor frequent, but in many places the trees were broken down and even uprooted.
As he examined the newer spoor a tiny particle of earth toppled from the outer edge of one of the footprints to the bottom of its shallow depression--ah, the trail was very fresh, his prey must have but scarcely passed.
Across the yielding moss of the sea-bottom there had been no spoor to follow, for the soft pads of the thoat but pressed down in his swift passage the resilient vegetation which sprang up again behind his fleeting feet, leaving no sign.
Then he would pass again across some media which would reveal no spoor, to take up the broken thread of the trail beyond.
In the depths of this forbidding wood we came upon the fresh spoor of thag.
He sought and found a wide game trail and at last his nostrils were rewarded with the scent of the fresh spoor of Bara, the deer.
And Numa, the lion, lying up for the day close beside last night's successful kill, blinked his yellow-green eyes and twitched his tawny tail as he caught the scent spoor of his ancient enemy.
To its sensitive nostrils came the subtle unseen spoor of many a tender four-footed creature, bringing the slaver of hunger to the cruel, drooping jowl.
He wondered if the beast sought him or was following some other spoor.
Even poor Nobs appeared dejected as we quit the compound and set out upon the well-marked spoor of the abductor.
When I struck matches, I noticed that the walls bore no paintings; nor was there other sign that man had penetrated this far within the cliff, nor any spoor of animals of other kinds.