- The capital city of the state of New Mexico
- A protective covering for the foot, with a bottom part composed of thick leather or plastic sole and often a thicker heel, and a softer upper part made of leather or synthetic material. Shoes generally do not extend above the ankle, as opposed to boot, boots, which do.
verb (shoes, shoeing, shod)
- Get your shoes on now, or you'll be late for school.
- A piece of metal designed to be attached to a horse's foot as a means of protection; a horseshoe.
- Throw the from behind the line, and try to get it to land circling (a ringer) or touching the far stake.
- Something resembling a shoe by function, like a brake shoe.
- Remember to turn the rotors when replacing the brake shoes, or they will wear out unevenly.
- To equip an object with a protection against wear.
- The billiard cue stick was shod in silver.
- To put horseshoes on a horse.
- A switch on a railway
- A connection used as an alternative path between parts of an electric circuit
- A passage between body channels constructed surgically as a bypass
- (informal) A minor collision
- To turn away or aside
- To move a train from one track to another, or to move carriages etc from one train to another
- To divert electric current by providing an alternative path
- To divert the flow of a body fluid using surgery
- (informal) To have a minor collision, especially in a motor car
- The material which covers and protects the sides of a house or other building.
- Ugh. If there's one thing I can't stand it's cheesy vinyl siding.
- (rail transport) A second, relatively short length of track just to the side of a railroad track, joined to the main track by switches at one or both ends, used either for unloading freight, or to allow two trains on a same track to meet (opposite directions) or pass (same direction).
- (present participle of, side)
- Whenever he hears an argument, he can't help with one party or the other.
- Somebody employed to operate the signals and points of a railway.
- A member of the armed forces responsible for signalling.
- (countable) Someone who sleeps.
- (countable) A saboteur or terrorist who lives unobtrusively in a community until activated by a prearranged signal; may be part of a sleeper cell.
- (countable) A railroad sleeping car.
- (countable)(context, rail transport, UK) A horizontal wooden or concrete structural member that supports and ties together railway lines.
- Something that achieves unexpected success after an interval of time.
- (countable) A goby-like bottom-feeding freshwater fish of the family Odontobutidae. Also "sleeper goby."
- (clothing) A type of pajamas, pajama for a person, especially a child, that covers its whole body, including their feet.
- Aaron, Devin, Ryan H., Cody, Ryan O., Wade, Lisa and Laura looked so comfy in their sleepers.
- A structural beam in a floor running perpendicular to both the joist, joists beneath and floorboard, floorboards above.
- A railroad car with sleeping facilities for passengers travelling overnight.
- A stain or disfigure, disfiguring mark.
verb (spot, t, ing)
- I have tried everything, and I can"t get this out.
- A pimple or pustule.
- That morning, I saw that a had come up on my chin.
- A round or irregular patch on the surface of a thing having a different color, texture etc. and generally round in shape.
- The leopard is noted for the spots of color in its fur.
- A small amount or quantity.
- Would you like to come round on Sunday for a of lunch?
- A particular location or area.
- I like to eat lunch in a pleasant outside.
- A bright lamp; a spotlight.
- A brief advertisement or program segment on television.
- Did you see the on the news about the shoelace factory?
- (transitive) To see, find; to pick out, notice, locate or identify.
- Try to the differences between these two entries.
- (finance) To loan a small amount of money to someone.
- I"ll you ten dollars for lunch.
- To stain; to leave a spot.
- Hard water will if it is left on a surface.
- (rfv-sense) To remove, or attempt to remove, a stain.
- I spotted the carpet where the child dropped spaghetti.
- (context, gymnastics, dance, weightlifting) To support or assist a maneuver, or to be prepared to assist if safety dictates.
- I can"t do a back handspring unless somebody spots me.
- (dance) To keep the head and eyes pointing in a single direction while turning.
- Most figure skaters do not their turns like dancers do.
verb (spreads, spreading, spread)
- The act of spreading or something that has been spread.
- An expanse of land.
- A piece of material used as a cover (such as a bedspread).
- A large meal, especially one laid out on a table.
- Any form of food designed to be spread onto a slice of bread etc.
- An item in a newspaper or magazine that occupies more than one column or page.
- A numerical difference.
- (transitive) To put one"s legs apart.
- (transitive) To divide something in a homogeneous way.
- (transitive) To scatter.
- (transitive) To put butter or jam onto bread.
- (transitive) To expand.
- Missionaries spread their religion's teachings.
- (intransitive) To expand.
- The disease had spread into remote villages.
- 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.
- A place where a vehicle (especially a train) may stop.
- The next is Esperanza.
- A place where one stands or stays in order to perform a task.
- From my at the front door, I greeted every visitor.
- Area of a restaurant allocated to one waiter or waitress.
- A military base.
- She had a boyfriend at the .
- A place used for broadcasting radio or television.
- I used to work at a radio .
- A broadcasting entity.
- I used to listen to that radio .
- (Australia & NZ) A very large sheep or cattle farm
- There was movement at the , for the word had passed around, that the colt from old Regret had got away (A. B. Patterson, poet)
- To put in place to perform a task.
- The host stationed me at the front door to greet visitors.
- To put in place to perform military duty.
- They stationed me overseas just as fighting broke out.
- The person in charge of a railroad station, usually an employee of a particular railroad by which the station is owned, but sometimes an employee of a separate corporation, such as one owning a station used by two or more railroads.
- A locomotive, usually for use on a railway that is powered by steam.
- A store of goods ready for sale; inventory.
- We have a stock of televisions on hand.
- A supply of anything ready for use.
- Lay in a stock of wood for the winter season.
- Any of the several species of cruciferous flowers in the genus Matthiola.
- Farm animals (short form of livestock)
- (also rolling stock) Railroad cars.
- (finance) The capital raised by a company through the issue of shares. The total of shares held by an individual shareholder.
- The part of a rifle or shotgun that rests against the shooter's shoulder.
- (nautical) A bar going through an anchor, perpendicular to the flukes.
- The axle into which the rudder is attached (rudder stock); it transfers the movement of the helm to the rudder.
- (uncountable) Broth made from meat or vegetables, used as a basis for stew or soup.
- The type of paper used in printing.
- The books were printed on a heavier this year.
- A wide necktie popular in the eighteenth century, often seen today as a part of formal wear for horse riding competitions.
- To have on hand for sale.
- The store stocks all kinds of dried vegetables.
- Normally available for purchase.
- stock items
- stock sizes
- Straightforward, plain, very basic
- That band is quite stock
- He gave me a stock answer
- (countable) A long, thin and flexible structure made from threads twisted together.
- (uncountable) Such a structure considered as a substance.
- (countable) Any long, thin and flexible object.
verb (strings, stringing, strung)
- a violin
- (countable) A cohesive substance taking the form of a string.
- The of spittle dangling from his chin was most unattractive
- (countable) A series of items or events.
- a of successes
- (countable) (computer science) A sequence of characters stored consecutively in memory and capable of being processed as a single entity.
- (music, countable, usually in plural) A stringed instrument or the person playing that instrument.
- (transitive) To put (items) on a string.
- You can string these beads on to this cord to make a colorful necklace
- (transitive) To put strings on (something).
- It is difficult to string a tennis racket properly
verb (switch, es)
- A device to turn electric current turn on, on and turn off, off or direct its flow.
- (context, railroading, US) A movable section of railroad track which allows the train to be directed down one of two destination tracks; point.
- A thin rod used as a whip.
- (computer science) A CLI, command line notation allowing specification of optional behavior.
- (Telephony) A system of specialized relays, computer hardware, or other equipment which allows the interconnection of a calling party's telephone line with any called party's line.
- (transitive) To exchange.
- I want to this red dress for a green one.
- (transitive) To change (something) to the specified state using a switch.
- Switch the light on.
- (transitive) To hit with a switch (rod).
- (intransitive) To change places, tasks, etc.
- I want to to a different seat.
- (slang) (intransitive) To get angry suddenly; to quickly or unreasonably become enraged.
- a zigzag path or road on a steep hill
- a hairpin bend
- (British) (dated?) a roller coaster