Webster 1913 Edition
sparre; akin to D.
sparro, Dan. & Sw.
sparri; of uncertain origin. √171. Cf.
A general term any round piece of timber used as a mast, yard, boom, or gaff.
Formerly, a piece of timber, in a general sense; – still applied locally to rafters.
The bar of a gate or door.
a buoy anchored by one end so that the other end rises above the surface of the water.–
the upper deck of a vessel; especially, in a frigate, the deck which is continued in a straight line from the quarter-deck to the forecastle, and on which spare spars are usually placed. See under–
a torpedo carried on the end of a spar usually projecting from the bow of a vessel, and intended to explode upon contact with an enemy’s ships.
sparrian; akin to G.
sperra; from the noun. √171. See
To bolt; to bar.
To To supply or equip with spars, as a vessel.
☞ A vessel equipped with spars that are too large or too small is said to be oversparred or undersparred.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
[Of uncertain origin; cf. OF.
esparerto kick, F.
éparer, or Icel.
sperrato stretch out the legs, to struggle.]
To strike with the feet or spurs, as cocks do.
To use the fists and arms scientifically in attack or defense; to contend or combat with the fists, as for exercise or amusement; to box.
Made believe to
sparat Paul with great science.
To contest in words; to wrangle.
A contest at sparring or boxing.
A movement of offense or defense in boxing.
Webster 1828 Edition
SP'AR, [If this word is connected with spare, the primary sense is probably thin. The sense of bar and spar, is however more generally derived from thrusting, shooting in length; so spear likewise. See Bar.]
1.A stone that breaks into a regular shape; marcasite. This name is popularly given to any crystalized mineral of a shining luster.
2.A round piece of timber. This name is usually given to the round pieces of timber used for the yards and top-masts of ships.
3.The bar of a gate.
1.To dispute; to quarrel in words; to wrangle. [This is the sense of the word in America.]
2.To fight with preclusive strokes.