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Definitions of spare

  1. lacking in amplitude or quantity; "a bare livelihood"; "a scanty harvest"; "a spare diet" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. to give up as not strictly needed: he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey. Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. more than is needed, desired, or required; "trying to lose excess weight"; "found some extra change lying on the dresser"; "yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant"; "skills made redundant by technological advance"; "sleeping in the spare room"; "supernumerary ornamentation"; "it was supererogatory of her to gloat"; "delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words"; "extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts"; "surplus cheese distributed to the needy" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. not taken up by scheduled activities; "a free hour between classes"; "spare time on my hands" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. kept in reserve especially for emergency use; "a reserve supply of food"; "a spare tire"; "spare parts" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. refrain from harming Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. save or relieve from an experience or action; "I'll spare you from having to apologize formally" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. an extra component of a machine or other apparatus Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. thin and fit; "the spare figure of a marathon runner"; "a body kept trim by exercise" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. just sufficient; "the library had a spare but efficient look" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. use frugally or carefully Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. give up what is not strictly needed; "he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. Thin; lean. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Slow. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. To use frugally or stintingly, as that which is scarce or valuable; to retain or keep unused; to save. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. To keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to. Newage Dictionary DB
  20. To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. To deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with. Newage Dictionary DB
  22. To be frugal; not to be profuse; to live frugally; to be parsimonious. Newage Dictionary DB
  23. To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance. Newage Dictionary DB
  24. To desist; to stop; to refrain. Newage Dictionary DB
  25. Scanty; not abundant or plentiful; as, a spare diet. Newage Dictionary DB
  26. Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary. Newage Dictionary DB
  27. Being over and above what is necessary, or what must be used or reserved; not wanted, or not used; superfluous; as, I have no spare time. Newage Dictionary DB
  28. Held in reserve, to be used in an emergency; as, a spare anchor; a spare bed or room. Newage Dictionary DB
  29. Lean; wanting flesh; meager; thin; gaunt. Newage Dictionary DB
  30. The act of sparing; moderation; restraint. Newage Dictionary DB
  31. Parsimony; frugal use. Newage Dictionary DB
  32. An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket. Newage Dictionary DB
  33. That which has not been used or expended. Newage Dictionary DB
  34. The right of bowling again at a full set of pins, after having knocked all the pins down in less than three bowls. If all the pins are knocked down in one bowl it is a double spare; in two bowls, a single spare. Newage Dictionary DB
  35. To use in a frugal or saving manner; use rarely; as, spare the rod; part with without inconvenience; refuse to punish; treat leniently; as, to spare the feelings. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  36. To live frugally or cheaply; forbear or forgive. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  37. Thin or lean; scanty; held in reserve; as, a spare room; more than enough; as, spare cash. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  38. To use frugally: to do without: to save from any use: to withhold from: to treat tenderly: to part with willingly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  39. To be frugal: to forbear: to be tender: to forgive. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  40. Sparing: frugal scanty: lean: superfluous. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  41. SPARENESS. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  42. To use frugally. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  43. Frugal; scanty; lean; superfluous. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  44. To be frugal; forbear. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  45. To use frugally; do without; save from anything; grant. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  46. To firbear to injure or punish. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  47. To dispense with; bestow. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  48. To be lenient or forgiving; refrain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  49. To be frugal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  50. That can be spared. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  51. Held in reserve. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  52. Not abundant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  53. Scanty; parsimonious; superfluous; lean. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  54. To use frugally; not to waste; to withhold; to do without; to omit; to treat tenderly; to forbear to afflict, punish, or destroy; to allow. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  55. To live frugally; to forbear; to forgive; to be tender. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  56. Scanty; frugal; held in reserve; not abundant; not required for present use; lean. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  57. To refrain from using, taking, or doing something; to part with willingly; to treat with tenderness or forbearance; to live frugally; to save from any particular use; to exercise forbearance. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  58. The right of bowling again at a full set of pins, after having knocked all the pins down in less than three bowls. If all the pins are knocked down in one bowl it is a double spare; in two bowls, a single spare. For the meaning in modern bowling, see sense 6. dictgcide_fs
  59. The act of knocking down all ten pins in two bowls, which entitles the bowler to add the number of pins knocked down in the next bowl to the score for the frame in which the spare occurred. dictgcide_fs
  60. sp[=a]r, v.t. to use frugally: to do without: to save from any use: to withhold from: to forbear from harming, to treat tenderly: to part with willingly.--v.i. to be frugal: to forbear: to be tender: to be forgiving.--adj. sparing: frugal: scanty: lean: superfluous.--n. that which has been saved or stored away: in American bowling, a point made by overturning all the pins with the first two balls.--adv. SPARE'LY, in a spare manner: sparingly.--ns. SPARE'NESS; SP[=A]R'ER, one who spares or avoids expense; SPARE'RIB, a piece of pork consisting of ribs with the meat adhering to them.--adj. SP[=A]'RING, scarce: scanty: saving: merciful, forgiving.--adv. SP[=A]R'INGLY, frugally: not abundantly: with abstinence: seldom: cautiously.--n. SP[=A]R'INGNESS, the quality of being sparing: want of liberality: caution. [A.S. sparian, to spare--spær, spare; Ger. spärlich, frugal.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  61. Scanty, frugal, as s. diet, lean, thin, as man of s. frame, whence sparely adv., spareness n.; sparerib, upper part of row of ribs of pork with small amount of meat adhering; that can be spared, not required for ordinary use, as how to use your s. time, have no s. cash; reserved for emergency or extraordinary use, as always take a s. cap, s. room (bedroom for visitor). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  62. Be frugal or grudging of, as s. the rod and spoil the child, must not s. expense, whence sparingly adv., sparingness n.; dispense with, do without, as cannot s. him just now, s. me a penny, could have spared the explanation; (archaic) forbear (to do); abstain from inflicting (with double object), as s. me these protestations; abstain from killing, hurting, wounding, &c., as s. (do not kill) me, s. my life, s. his feelings, (loosely) s. (do not provoke) his blushes; be frugal. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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