verb (saddl, es)
- A seat (tack) for a rider placed on the back of a horse or other animal
- A seat on a bicycle, motorcycle etc
- A cut of meat that includes both loins and part of the backbone
- A ridge, in the shape of a saddle, between two hills
- The raised floorboard in a doorway.
- to put a saddle on an animal
- to get into a saddle
- (idiomatically) to burden or encumber
- A box or casing of clay used to protect delicate ceramics during firing; a saggar
- (slang) term for a young male, who wears trousers very low on his hips, exposing underwear and/or his buttocks or lower abdominals.
- The NATO designation for a Soviet AT-3 series man-portable, wire-guided missile first deployed in the 1960's.
- (countable) A fertilized grain, initially encased in a fruit, which may grow into a mature plant.
- If you plant a in the spring, you may have a pleasant surprise in the autumn.
- (context, countable, botany) A fertilized ovule, containing an embryonic plant.
- (uncountable) An amount of fertilized grain that cannot be readily counted.
- The entire field was covered with geese eating the freshly sown .
- (uncountable) Semen.
- Sometimes a man may feel encouraged to spread his before he settles down to raise a family.
- (countable) A precursor.
- The of an idea. Which idea was the (idea)?
- (countable) The initial state, condition or position of a changing, growing or developing process; the ultimate precusor in a defined chain of precusors.
- The initial position of a competitor or team in a tournament. (seed position)
- The team with the best regular season record receives the top in the conference tournament.
- The competitor or team occupying a given seed. (seed position)
- The rookie was a surprising top .
- Initialization state of a Wikipedia:Pseudorandom number generator, pseudorandom number generator (PRNG). (seed number)
- If you use the same you will get exactly the same pattern of numbers.
- Commercial message in a creative format placed on relevant sites on the Internet. (seed idea or seed message)
- The latest has attracted a lot of users in our online community.
- (transitive) To plant or sow an area with seeds.
- I seeded my lawn with bluegrass.
- (transitive) To start; to provide, assign or determine the initial resources for, position of, state of.
- A venture captialist seeds young companies.
- The tournament coordinator will the starting lineup with the best competitors from the qualifying round.
- This marketing company successfully seeds viral campaigns using wikipedia:media meshing, media meshing.
- The programmer seeds fresh, uncorrupted data into the database before running unit tests.''
- Held in reserve for future growth.
- Don't eat your corn
- First. The initial state, condition or position of a changing, growing or developing process; the ultimate precusor in a defined chain of precusors.
- What was the number that initiated the sequence of values?
- The qualifying match determines the position one will have in the final competition.
- A precursor, especially in a process without a defined initial state.
- What was the idea behind your scheme?
- Use your profits as money for your next venture.
- one who performs the duties of a servant.
- one who serves in an army; a soldier.
- an undergraduate who performed menial duties in exchange for financial support from his college, particularly at Oxford University
- A short circuit.
- (baseball) shortstop
- Jones smashes a grounder between third and .
- (transitive) To cause a short circuit
- Having a small distance from one end or edge to another, either horizontally or vertically dimensions.
- A word or phrase that can be said or written in less time to represent another word or phrase.
- "Tater" is for "potato".
- (context, of a person) With less height
- (cricket, of a ball) that bounced relatively far from the batsman
- (cricket, of a fielder or fielding position) relatively close to the batsman
- (cricket) of a cricket ball, to bounce relatively far from the batsman so that it bounces higher than normal; opposite of full
verb (slip, p, ing)
- An act or instance of slipping.
- A women's undergarment worn under a skirt or dress.
- A small piece of paper.
- A berth for a boat or ship.
- A mistake or error (slip of the tongue.)
- (uncountable) In ceramics, a thin, slippery mix of clay and water.
- (cricket) Any of several fielding positions to the off side of the wicket keeper, designed to catch the ball after being deflected from the bat; a fielder in that position (See first slip, second slip, third slip, fourth slip and fifth slip.)
- The difference between the speed of a rotating magnetic field and the speed of its rotor.
- (intransitive) To lose one's traction on a slippery surface; to slide due to a lack of friction.
- (intransitive) To err.
- (transitive) To pass (a note, etc.)
- 1883, w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
- : We slipped along the hedges, noiseless and swift...
- a deep blue pigment made from powdered glass mixed with cobalt oxide
verb (spar, ing)
- The act of sparing; moderation; restraint.
- Parsimony; frugal use.
- An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket.
- That which has not been used or expended.
- The right of bowling again at a full set of pins, after having knocked all the pins down in less than three bowls. If all the pins are knocked down in one bowl it is a double spare; in two bowls, a single spare.
- (italbrac, bowling) The act of knocking down all remaining pins in second ball of a frame; this entitles the pins knocked down on the next ball to be added to the score for that frame.
- To be frugal; not to be profuse; to live frugally; to be parsimonious.
- To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance.
adjective (spar, er)
- 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
- : Kill me, if you please, or me.
- To desist; to stop; to refrain.
- To keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give.
- To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to.
- To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty.
- To deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with.
- scanty; not abundant or plentiful; as, a spare diet.
- sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary.
- Being over and above what is necessary, or what must be used or reserved; not wanted, or not used; superfluous; as, I have no spare time.
- Held in reserve, to be used in an emergency; as, a spare anchor; a spare bed or room.
- lean; wanting flesh; meager; thin; gaunt.
verb (spong, ing)
- (countable) Any of various marine invertebrates, mostly of the phylum Porifera, that have a porous skeleton often of silica
- (countable) A piece of porous material used for washing (originally made from the invertebrates, now often made of plastic)
- (uncountable) A porous material such as sponges consist of
- (informal) A heavy drinker
- (countable, uncountable) A light cake
- (countable, uncountable, UK) A type of steamed pudding
- (slang) A person who takes advantage of the generosity of others (abstractly imagined to absorb or soak up the money or efforts of others like a sponge)
- (slang) To take advantage of the kindness of others.
- He has been sponging off his friends for a month now.
- To clean, soak up, or dab with a sponge.
- A rigid implement, often roughly y-shaped, that is fixed to one's heel for purpose of prodding a horse. Often worn by, and emblematic of, the cowboy or the knight.
- (slang) Fan or member of Tottenham Hotspur F.C
verb (spur, r, ed)
- 1598: Lives he, good uncle? Thrice within this hour I saw him down; thrice up again, and fighting; From helmet to the spur all blood he was. — William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act IV, Scene VI, line 4.
- 1786: Two sorts of spurs seem to have been in use about the time of the Conquest, one called a pryck, having only a single point like the gaffle of a fighting cock; the other consisting of a number of points of considerable length, radiating from and revolving on a center, thence named the rouelle or wheel spur. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 22.
- See also
- pryck, prick
- External links
- Wikipedia article on w:spur, spur.
- Anything that inspires or motivates, as a spur does to a horse.
- 1601: But, worthy Hector, She is a theme of honour and renown, A spur to valiant and magnanimous deeds... — William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act II, Scene II, line 198.
- An appendage or spike pointing rearward, near the foot, for instance that of a rooster.
- Any protruding part connected at one end, for instance a highway that extends from another highway into a city.
- Roots. (As in genealogical?). Spurs are symbolic of knighthood, so perhaps spurs in this context is an allusion to the hereditary aspect of knighthood. Any insights would be appreciated.
- 1609: I do note That grief and patience, rooted in them both, Mingle their spurs together. — William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, Act IV, Scene II, line 57.
- To prod (esp. a horse) in the side or flank, with the intent to urge motion or haste, to gig.
- 1592: Draw, archers, draw your arrows to the head! Spur your proud horses hard, and ride in blood; Amaze the welkin with your broken staves! — William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act V, Scene III, line 339.
- 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.
- 1599: My desire (More sharp than filed steel) did spur me forth... — William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act III, Scene IV, line 4.
- To put spurs on; as, a spurred boot.
- Either of two poles with footrests that allow someone to stand or walk above the ground; used mostly by entertainers.
- A tall pillar or post used to support some structure; often above water.
- Any of various wading birds of the genera Himantopus and Cladorhynchus, related to the avocet, that have extremely long legs and long thin bills.
- A type of pottery that is fired at a high temperature and is dense, opaque and nonporous.