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.
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.
To prick with spurs; to incite to a more hasty pace; to urge or goad; as, to spur a horse.
To urge or encourage to action, or to a more vigorous pursuit of an object; to incite; to stimulate; to instigate; to impel; to drive.
To put spurs on; as, a spurred boot.
To spur on one's horse; to travel with great expedition; to hasten; hence, to press forward in any pursuit.
A pointed device on the rider's boot heel, used to urge a horse forward.
U-shaped device attached to rider's heel to encourage a horse to greater speed or to pay attention. See our pages on Spurs. CHAP GUARD: Small upswept metal projection on top of the spur shank of some spurs that supposedly helps keep a cowboy's chaps from fouling in the rowel. Not all spurs have chap guards. SPUR STRAP: The leather band that holds a spur on the boot. ROWEL: (la rodaja or la estrella) the disk or star set in the end of the spur's shaft or post, which turns as the rider's heel touches the horse's sides. JINGLE BOBS: the metal pieces dangling from the rowel that make a bell like ringing when the spurs move, either while walking or riding.
a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something; "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves"
a sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward; "cowboys know not to squat with their spurs on"
incite or stimulate; "The Academy was formed to spur research"
goad with spurs; "the rider spurred his horse"
equip with spurs; "spur horses"
a piece of bone which has been gradually pulled off the bottom of the heel
from riding spur, a pointy tool for kicking a horse] - a part of a mountain that projects outward, laterally away from the main body
A pointed device attached to a rider's boot heel and used to encourage a horse.
spike-like expansion of flange near its termination (e.g. H. recta).
A spur is a metal instrument composed of a shank, neck, and prick, rowel (sharp-toothed wheel), or blunted end fastened to the heel of a cowboy's or horseman's boot for the purpose of goading the horse. It is usually used to refine the riding aids (commands) and to back up the natural aids (the leg, seat and voice aids). The spur is used in every equestrian discipline.