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Definitions of spencer

  1. English philosopher and sociologist who applied the theory of natural selection to human societies (1820-1903) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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]. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. A short overjacket worn by men or women, named after a Lord Spencer who introduced it or made it fashionable. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. (in ships and barks) A fore-and-aft sail abaft the fore and main masts. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. A short over-jacket; fore-and-aft sail abaft the fore and main masts. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. One who has care of the spence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. A short over-jacket worn by men or women, introduced by an Earl Spencer. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. A short over-jacket, worn either by men or women. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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  1. The only two modern men who attempted it were Comte and Herbert Spencer – The New Jerusalem by G. K. Chesterton
  2. And can't Mr. Spencer come home? – Marjorie's New Friend by Carolyn Wells
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