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n. (Zool.) (a) A sparrow. (b) A tern.


 - n. An implement secured to the heel, or above the heel, of a horseman, to urge the horse by its pressure. Modern spurs have a small wheel, or rowel, with short points. Spurs were the badge of knighthood. That which goads to action; an incitement. Something that projects; a snag. One of the large or principal roots of a tree.


 - (Zool.) Any stiff, sharp spine, as on the wings and legs of certain birds, on the legs of insects, etc.; especially, the spine on a cock's leg. A mountain that shoots from any other mountain, or range of mountains, and extends to some distance in a lateral direction, or at right angles. A spiked iron worn by seamen upon the bottom of the boot, to enable them to stand upon the carcass of a whale, to strip off the blubber.


 - (Carp.) A brace strengthening a post and some connected part, as a rafter or crossbeam; a strut.


 - (Arch.) (a) The short wooden buttress of a post. (b) A projection from the round base of a column, occupying ...

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