American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The track or trail of an animal, especially a wild animal.
- v. To track (an animal) by following its spoor or to engage in such tracking.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The track or trail of a wild animal or animals, especially such as are pursued as game; slot; hence, scent: used originally by travelers in South Africa.
- To follow a spoor or trail.
- To track by the spoor.
- n. In general, any track or trace.
- n. The track, trail, droppings or scent of an animal
- v. transitive To track an animal by following its spoor
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The track or trail of any wild animal.
- v. rare To follow a spoor or trail.
- n. the trail left by a person or an animal; what the hunter follows in pursuing game
- From Afrikaans, from Dutch spoor, akin to Old English and Old Norse spor (whence Danish spor). (Wiktionary)
- Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch; see sperə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Hottentots were now sent on in advance to trace out the "spoor" -- in other words, the track of the lion.”
“The spoor was a wide road for a thousand men had passed along it and the wagons and gun carriages had left deep ruts.”
“The spoor was a day old and it ran toward the north.”
“To find the spoor was a very easy matter, for the last stake had been driven in comparatively soft ground, and despite the fact that it was by this time almost pitch dark, a short search, aided by the light of the lanterns, disclosed the hoof prints of”
“The story that follows, however, is less an investigation than an exorcism … The writing is exquisite and exacting, as when the narrator describes the dregs of whiskey in a glass as her father's "spoor," or recalls her lover's "dazzling Kabuki face.”
“They continued to follow the "spoor" of the two hounds, left so plainly for their guidance.”
“Towards evening scouts reported the "spoor" of the enemy, for the ground bore the impression of thousands of naked footprints and those of about a hundred booted men.”
“Within the last ten years the educated instinct that as a younger man taught him to follow the trail of an Indian, or the "spoor" of the Kaffir and the trek wagon, now leads him as a mining expert to the hiding-places of copper, silver, and gold, and, as he advises, great and wealthy syndicates buy or refuse tracts of land in Africa and Mexico as large as the State of New York.”
“Moreover, the "spoor" remained undisturbed in the road for a distance sufficient to indicate the general direction in which the party had gone, although it was lost in the ordinary signs of traffic within a few yards of the gates.”
“As an instance of their powers of following a "spoor," it may be mentioned that on several occasions our captive suddenly darted off at a tangent with eyes to ground, and then started digging his heel in the sand to find where a lizard or iguana was that he had tracked to his hole.”
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