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 ?
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.
Just as the lion disappeared among the trees beyond the clearing Tarzan caught upon the down-coming wind the explanation of his new interest--the scent spoor of man was wafted strongly to the sensitive nostrils.
The spoor of the white men was obliterated by that of the native carriers who had followed them, and over all was the spoor of other natives and of wild beasts.
He knew that the pack would follow his spoor, and so he had been careful to make it as distinct as possible, brushing often against the vines and creepers that walled the jungle-path, and in other ways leaving his scent-spoor plainly discernible.
No longer was there a single jungle spoor but was an open book to the keen eyes of the lad, and those other indefinite spoor that elude the senses of civilized man and are only partially appreciable to his savage cousin came to be familiar friends of the eager boy.
They were passing through a tangled forest when the boy's sharp eyes discovered from the lower branches through which he was traveling an old but well-marked spoor--a spoor that set his heart to leaping--the spoor of man, of white men, for among the prints of naked feet were the well defined outlines of European made boots.
As Tarzan followed the fresh spoor of Horta, the boar, the following morning, he came upon the tracks of two Gomangani, a large one and a small one.
It was very strange and quite inexplicable, especially where the spoor showed where the hyenas in the wider portions of the path had walked one on either side of the human pair, quite close to them.
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.
Even poor Nobs appeared dejected as we quit the compound and set out upon the well-marked spoor of the abductor.
The oxen had gone, and their spoor was obliterated by the fresh-fallen flakes.
He knew from the strength of the scent spoor and the rate of the wind about how far away she was and that she was approaching from behind him.