4 letter word starting with sp

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spae verb i. To foretell; to divine.
span imp. & p. p. of Spin., The space from the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; eighth of a fathom., Hence, a small space or a brief portion of time., The spread or extent of an arch between its abutments, or of a beam, girder, truss, roof, bridge, or the like, between its supports., A rope having its ends made fast so that a purchase can be hooked to the bight; also, a rope made fast in the center so that both ends can be used., A pair of horses or other animals driven together; usually, such a pair of horses when similar in color, form, and action., To measure by the span of the hand with the fingers extended, or with the fingers encompassing the object; as, to span a space or distance; to span a cylinder., To reach from one side of to the order; to stretch over as an arch., To fetter, as a horse; to hobble., To be matched, as horses., of Spin
spar noun An old name for a nonmetallic mineral, usually cleavable and somewhat lustrous; as, calc spar, or calcite, fluor spar, etc. It was especially used in the case of the gangue minerals of a metalliferous vein., A general term any round piece of timber used as a mast, yard, boom, or gaff., Formerly, a piece of timber, in a general sense; — still applied locally to rafters., The bar of a gate or door., To bolt; to bar., To To supply or equip with spars, as a vessel., To strike with the feet or spurs, as cocks do., To use the fists and arms scientifically in attack or defense; to contend or combat with the fists, as for exercise or amusement; to box., To contest in words; to wrangle., A contest at sparring or boxing., A movement of offense or defense in boxing.
spat imp. of Spit., A young oyster or other bivalve mollusk, both before and after it first becomes adherent, or such young, collectively., To emit spawn; to emit, as spawn., A light blow with something flat., Hence, a petty combat, esp. a verbal one; a little quarrel, dispute, or dissension., To dispute., To slap, as with the open hand; to clap together; as the hands., of Spit
spaw noun See Spa.
spay verb t. To remove or extirpate the ovaries of, as a sow or a bitch; to castrate (a female animal)., The male of the red deer in his third year; a spade.
sped imp. & p. p. of Speed., of Speed
sper verb t. Alt. of Sperre
spet verb t. To spit; to throw out., Spittle.
spew verb t. To eject from the stomach; to vomit., To cast forth with abhorrence or disgust; to eject., To vomit., To eject seed, as wet land swollen with frost., That which is vomited; vomit.
spun imp. & past participle of Spin, imp. & p. p. of Spin.
spin verb t. To draw out, and twist into threads, either by the hand or machinery; as, to spin wool, cotton, or flax; to spin goat’s hair; to produce by drawing out and twisting a fibrous material., To draw out tediously; to form by a slow process, or by degrees; to extend to a great length; — with out; as, to spin out large volumes on a subject., To protract; to spend by delays; as, to spin out the day in idleness., To cause to turn round rapidly; to whirl; to twirl; as, to spin a top., To form (a web, a cocoon, silk, or the like) from threads produced by the extrusion of a viscid, transparent liquid, which hardens on coming into contact with the air; — said of the spider, the silkworm, etc., To shape, as malleable sheet metal, into a hollow form, by bending or buckling it by pressing against it with a smooth hand tool or roller while the metal revolves, as in a lathe., To practice spinning; to work at drawing and twisting threads; to make yarn or thread from fiber; as, the woman knows how to spin; a machine or jenny spins with great exactness., To move round rapidly; to whirl; to revolve, as a top or a spindle, about its axis., To stream or issue in a thread or a small current or jet; as, blood spinsfrom a vein., To move swifty; as, to spin along the road in a carriage, on a bicycle, etc., The act of spinning; as, the spin of a top; a spin a bicycle., Velocity of rotation about some specified axis.
spit noun A long, slender, pointed rod, usually of iron, for holding meat while roasting., A small point of land running into the sea, or a long, narrow shoal extending from the shore into the sea; as, a spit of sand., The depth to which a spade goes in digging; a spade; a spadeful., To thrust a spit through; to fix upon a spit; hence, to thrust through or impale; as, to spit a loin of veal., To spade; to dig., To attend to a spit; to use a spit., of Spit, To eject from the mouth; to throw out, as saliva or other matter, from the mouth., To eject; to throw out; to belch., The secretion formed by the glands of the mouth; spitle; saliva; sputum., To throw out saliva from the mouth., To rain or snow slightly, or with sprinkles.
spot noun A mark on a substance or body made by foreign matter; a blot; a place discolored., A stain on character or reputation; something that soils purity; disgrace; reproach; fault; blemish., A small part of a different color from the main part, or from the ground upon which it is; as, the spots of a leopard; the spots on a playing card., A small extent of space; a place; any particular place., A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above its beak., A sciaenoid food fish (Liostomus xanthurus) of the Atlantic coast of the United States. It has a black spot behind the shoulders and fifteen oblique dark bars on the sides. Called also goody, Lafayette, masooka, and old wife., The southern redfish, or red horse, which has a spot on each side at the base of the tail. See Redfish., Commodities, as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery., To make visible marks upon with some foreign matter; to discolor in or with spots; to stain; to cover with spots or figures; as, to spot a garnment; to spot paper., To mark or note so as to insure recognition; to recognize; to detect; as, to spot a criminal., To stain; to blemish; to taint; to disgrace; to tarnish, as reputation; to asperse., To become stained with spots.
spry superl. Having great power of leaping or running; nimble; active.
spud noun A sharp, narrow spade, usually with a long handle, used by farmers for digging up large-rooted weeds; a similarly shaped implement used for various purposes., A dagger., Anything short and thick; specifically, a piece of dough boiled in fat.
spue verb t. & i. See Spew.
spur noun A sparrow., A tern., 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., Something that projects; a snag., One of the large or principal roots of a tree., Any stiff, sharp spine, as on the wings and legs of certain burds, on the legs of insects, etc.; especially, the spine on a cock’s leg., A mountain that shoots from any other mountain, or range of mountains, and extends to some distance in a lateral direction, or at right angles., 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., A brace strengthening a post and some connected part, as a rafter or crossbeam; a strut., The short wooden buttress of a post., A projection from the round base of a column, occupying the angle of a square plinth upon which the base rests, or bringing the bottom bed of the base to a nearly square form. It is generally carved in leafage., Any projecting appendage of a flower looking like a spur., Ergotized rye or other grain., A wall that crosses a part of a rampart and joins to an inner wall., A piece of timber fixed on the bilge ways before launching, having the upper ends bolted to the vessel’s side., A curved piece of timber serving as a half to support the deck where a whole beam can not be placed., 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’ horse; to travel with great expedition; to hasten; hence, to press forward in any pursuit.
sput noun An annular reenforce, to strengthen a place where a hole is made.