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SP'AR, [If this word is connected with spare, the primary sense is probably thin. The sense of bar and spar is however more generally derived from thrusting, shooting in length; so spear likewise. See Bar.]

1. A stone that breaks into a regular shape; marcasite. This name is popularly given to any crystalized mineral of a shining luster.

2. A round piece of timber. This name is usually given to the round pieces of timber used for the yards and top-masts of ships.

3. The bar of a gate.

SP'AR, verb transitive To bar; to shut close or fasten with a bar.

SP'AR, verb intransitive [This is another form of the Latin spiro. The primary sense is to urge, drive, throw, propel.]

1. To dispute; to quarrel in words; to wrangle. [This is the sense of the word in America.]

2. To fight with preclusive strokes.