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  1. The act of sparing; moderation; restraint.
  2. Parsimony; frugal use.
  3. An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket.
  4. That which has not been used or expended.
  5. 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.
  6. (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.
verb (spar, ing)
  1. To be frugal; not to be profuse; to live frugally; to be parsimonious.
  2. To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance.
    • 1883: w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
    • : Kill me, if you please, or me.
      1. To desist; to stop; to refrain.
      2. To keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give.
      3. To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to.
      4. To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty.
      5. To deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with.
adjective (spar, er)
  1. scanty; not abundant or plentiful; as, a spare diet.
  2. sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary.
  3. 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.
  4. Held in reserve, to be used in an emergency; as, a spare anchor; a spare bed or room.
  5. lean; wanting flesh; meager; thin; gaunt.
  6. slow

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