spur spur noun 1. a sharp pointed object that riders sometimes wear on the heels of their boots and use to encourage their horse to go faster • 马刺;靴刺 2. [usually sing.] spur (to sth) a fact or an event that makes you want to do sth better or more quickly • 鞭策;激励;刺激;鼓舞 【SYN】 motivation :
»His speech was a powerful spur to action.
3. an area of high ground that sticks out from a mountain or hill • 山嘴;尖坡;支脉 4. a road or a railway / railroad track that leads from the main road or line • (公路或铁路的)支线,岔线 【IDIOMS】 on the ˌspur of the ˈmoment • suddenly, without planning in advance • 一时冲动之下;心血来潮:
»I phoned him up on the spur of the moment.
»a spur-of-the-moment decision
win / earn your ˈspurs •(formal) to achieve fame or success • 获得名望;取得成功 verb (-rr-) [VN] 1. spur sb / sth (on) (to sth / to do sth) to encourage sb to do sth or to encourage them to try harder to achieve sth • 鞭策;激励;刺激;鼓舞:
»Her difficult childhood spurred her on to succeed.
»I was spurred into action by the letter.
»The band has been spurred on by the success of their last single.
2. to make sth happen faster or sooner • 促进,加速,刺激(某事发生):
»The agreement is essential to spurring economic growth around the world.
3. to encourage a horse to go faster, especially by pushing the spurs on your boots into its side • 策(马)前进;(尤指用马刺)策(马)加速
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n. 踢馬剌, 剌激物, (鳥, 蟲等的)距, 刺激
v. 鞭策, 刺激, 疾馳, 驅策

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  • spur — spur; spur·blind; spur·less; spur·ling; spur·ri·er; spur·ry; spur·tive; spur·tle; spur·rey; …   English syllables

  • Spur — Spur: Das altgerm. Substantiv mhd. spur, spor, ahd. spor, niederl. spoor, aengl. spor, schwed. spår ist im Sinne von »Tritt, Fußabdruck« verwandt mit ahd. spurnan »spornen«, aengl. spurnan »anstoßen, verschmähen« und aisl. sporna, sperna »treten …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • spur — [spʉr] n. [ME spure < OE spura, akin to Ger sporn < IE base * sp(h)er , to jerk, push with the foot > SPURN, Sans sphurāti, (he) kicks away, L spernere, lit., to push away] 1. any of various pointed devices worn on the heel by the rider… …   English World dictionary

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  • spur — (n.) O.E. spura, spora (related to spurnan to kick, see SPURN (Cf. spurn)), from P.Gmc. *spuron (Cf. O.N. spori, M.Du. spore, Du. spoor, O.H.G. sporo, Ger. Sporn spur ), from PIE *spere ankle ( …   Etymology dictionary

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