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Oxford dictionary definition of the word spur:
1a device with a small spike or a spiked wheel that is worn on a rider’s heel and used for urging a horse forward.
a horny spike on the back of the leg of a cock or male game bird, used in fighting.
a steel point fastened to the leg of a gamecock.
Medicine a short pointed growth or process on a part of the body.
2a thing that prompts or encourages someone; an incentive:
wars act as a spur to practical invention
3a thing that projects or branches off from a main body, in particular:
a projection from a mountain or mountain range:
it’s an easy walk up the spur that leads to the summit
a short branch road or railway line.
Botany a slender tubular projection from the base of a flower, e.g. a honeysuckle or orchid, typically containing nectar.
a short fruit-bearing side shoot.
4a small, single-pointed support for ceramic ware in a kiln.
verb (spurs, spurring, spurred)
1urge (a horse) forward by digging one’s spurs into its sides:
she spurred her horse towards the hedge
give an incentive or encouragement to (someone):
her sons’ passion for computer games spurred her on to set up a software shop
promote the development of; stimulate:
governments cut interest rates to spur demand
2prune in (a side shoot of a plant) so as to form a spur close to the stem:
spur back the lateral shoots
on the spur of the moment
on impulse; without planning in advance:
I don’t generally do things on the spur of the moment
a spur-of-the-moment decision
put (or set) spurs to
use one’s spurs to urge on (a horse).
Old English spora, spura, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch spoor and German Sporn, also to spurn