Definition of Spencer

1. Noun. English philosopher and sociologist who applied the theory of natural selection to human societies (1820-1903).

Exact synonyms: Herbert Spencer
Generic synonyms: Philosopher, Sociologist

Definition of Spencer

1. n. One who has the care of the spence, or buttery.

2. n. A short jacket worn by men and by women.

3. n. A fore- and-aft sail, abaft the foremast or the mainmast, hoisted upon a small supplementary mast and set with a gaff and no boom; a trysail carried at the foremast or mainmast; -- named after its inventor, Knight Spencer, of England [1802].

Definition of Spencer

1. Proper noun. (surname A=An occupational from=Middle English dot=) from someone who worked in a spense (larder of medieval monastery). ¹

2. Proper noun. (surnames male given name) transferred from the surname, in regular use since the nineteenth century. ¹

3. Noun. A short, close-fitting jacket primarily worn by women and children in the early nineteenth century; probably named after George Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834). ¹

4. Noun. A thin knitted woollen vest. ¹

5. Noun. A large loose-fitted gaffsail on a square-rigger or barque, used from the nineteenth century onwards. ¹

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Definition of Spencer

1. a trysail [n -S] - See also: trysail

Lexicographical Neighbors of Spencer

Special Service Requirement
Special Weapons and Tactics squad
Special Weapons and Tactics team
Speech from the Throne
Speed Dice
Speed Die
Speed Dies
Speedy Gonzales
Spencer (current term)
Spencer Tracy
Spens' syndrome
Spenserian sonnet
Spenserian sonnets
Spenserian stanza
Spergula arvensis

Literary usage of Spencer

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"Spencer replied with a carefully revised edition of his work to which was ... Besides these works, Spencer published A Discourse concerning Prodigies ..."

2. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"The yield of seed to the acre of the Spencer type is much less than from the Grandiflora type, only about 250 pounds to the acre being obtained. ..."

3. The Cumulative Book Index by H.W. Wilson Company (1909)
"Spencer, Henry. Commercial organisation of engineering factories: a handbook to commercial ... Examination of the ear; with an Introd. by HN Spencer. ..."

4. The Popular Science MonthlyScience (1893)
"Herbert Spencer and the doctrine of E. (18 p.). E: L. Youmans, С : 20. ... Rights of originality [relation of Spencer to E.] (Table), в : 114. ..."

5. The Monist by Hegeler Institute (1892)
"R. HERBERT Spencer published in the Fortnightly Review for July 1888 and in the Popular ... At the same time Mr. Spencer reproaches Kant with assuming the ..."

6. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Courts of Exchequer by Great Britain Court of Exchequer (1829)
"The partnership was carried on pursuant to the articles, down to January, 18 1 8, when Jo fin Spencer, the elder, died, having made his will, ..."

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