- [noun] any of various nonmetallic minerals (calcite or feldspar) that are light in color and transparent or translucent and cleavable
- [noun] a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging
- [noun] making the motions of attack and defense with the fists and arms; a part of training for a boxer
- [verb] furnish with spars
- [verb] fight with spurs; "the gamecocks were sparring"
- [verb] box lightly
- [verb] fight verbally; "They were sparring all night"