verb (spar, ing)
- The act of sparing; moderation; restraint.
- Parsimony; frugal use.
- An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket.
- That which has not been used or expended.
- 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.
- (italbrac, bowling) The act of knocking down all remaining pins in second ball of a frame; this entitles the pins knocked down on the next ball to be added to the score for that frame.
- To be frugal; not to be profuse; to live frugally; to be parsimonious.
- To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance.
adjective (spar, er)
- 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
- : Kill me, if you please, or me.
- To desist; to stop; to refrain.
- To keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give.
- To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to.
- To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty.
- To deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with.
- scanty; not abundant or plentiful; as, a spare diet.
- sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary.
- 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.
- Held in reserve, to be used in an emergency; as, a spare anchor; a spare bed or room.
- lean; wanting flesh; meager; thin; gaunt.
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