General English


  • noun a ridge of land that descends towards a valley floor from higher land above
  • noun a tubular projection from a flower sepal or petal often containing nectar
  • noun a short leafy branch of a tree with a cluster of flowers or fruits


  • An appendage to a supporting member such as a buttress, shore, or prop.
  • A decorative stone base that makes the transition from a round column to a square or polygonal plinth.
  • A carpenter's tool with a sharp point used for cutting veneer.
  • A rock ridge left projecting from a side wall aftera blast.
  • A short length of railroad track; usually parallel to a main track and used for loading, unloading, or storage.


  • noun a sharp projecting part of a bone


  • noun a ridge protruding from a hill or mountain into lower-lying ground


  • noun a little line running sideways from the rounded bowl of a letter ‘g’ or up from the loop of an ‘f’

Origin & History of “spur”

Spur goes back ultimately to Indo-European *sper- ‘hit with the foot, kick’ (source also of English spurn (OE), which originally meant literally ‘hit with the foot, trip over’). from it was descended the prehistoric Germanic noun *spuron, which produced German sporn ‘spur’, Dutch spoor ‘track’ (source of English spoor (19th c.)), and Swedish sporre ‘spur’ as well as English spur.