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Meaning of SPARE

Pronunciation:  spehr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls
  2. [n]  an extra car wheel and tire
  3. [n]  an extra component of a machine or other apparatus
  4. [adj]  lacking in amplitude or quantity; "a bare livelihood"; "a scanty harvest"; "a spare diet"
  5. [adj]  thin and fit; "the spare figure of a marathon runner"; "a body kept trim by exercise"
  6. [adj]  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"
  7. [adj]  kept in reserve especially for emergency use; "a reserve supply of food"; "a spare tire"; "spare parts"
  8. [adj]  not taken up by scheduled activities; "a free hour between classes"; "spare time on my hands"
  9. [adj]  just sufficient; "the library had a spare but efficient look"
  10. [v]  use frugally or carefully
  11. [v]  to give up as not strictly needed: he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey.
  12. [v]  refrain from harming
  13. [v]  save or relieve from an experience or action; "I'll spare you from having to apologize formally"

SPARE is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: bare(a), dispense with, excess, extra, fifth wheel, free, give up, lean, meager, meagerly, meagre, part with, redundant, reserve(a), save, scanty, spare part, sufficient, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus, thin, trim, unnecessary, unneeded, unoccupied
 See Also: car wheel, component, constituent, element, exempt, expend, favor, favour, forbear, free, give, refrain, relieve, score, use



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Spare\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spared}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Sparing}.] [AS. sparian, fr. sp[ae]r spare, sparing, saving;
    akin to D. & G. sparen, OHG. spar?n, Icel. & Sw. spara, Dan.
    spare See {Spare}, a.]
    1. To use frugally or stintingly, as that which is scarce or
       valuable; to retain or keep unused; to save. ``No cost
       would he spare.'' --Chaucer.
             [Thou] thy Father's dreadful thunder didst not
             spare.                                --Milton.
             He that hath knowledge, spareth his words. --Prov.
                                                   xvii. 27.
    2. To keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give.
             Be pleased your plitics to spare.     --Dryden.
             Spare my sight the pain Of seeing what a world of
             tears it costs you.                   --Dryden.
    3. To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to
       punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to.
             Spare us, good Lord.                  --Book of
                                                   Common Prayer.
             Dim sadness did not spare That time celestial
             visages.                              --Milton.
             Man alone can whom he conquers spare. --Waller.
    4. To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some
       occupation, use, or duty.
             All the time he could spare from the necessary cares
             of his weighty charge, he ?estowed on . . . serving
             of God.                               --Knolles.
    5. To deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do
       without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with.
             Where angry Jove did never spare One breath of kind
             and temperate air.                    --Roscommon.
             I could have better spared a better man. --Shak.
    {To spare one's self}.
       (a) To act with reserve. [Obs.]
                 Her thought that a lady should her spare.
       (b) To save one's self labor, punishment, or blame.
  2. \Spare\, v. i.
    1. To be frugal; not to be profuse; to live frugally; to be
             I, who at some times spend, at others spare, Divided
             between carelessness and care.        --Pope.
    2. To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or
             He will not spare in the day of vengeance. --Prov.
                                                   vi. 34.
    3. To desist; to stop; to refrain. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  3. \Spare\, a. [Compar. {Sparer}; superl. {Sparest}; -- not
    used in all the senses of the word.] [AS. sp[ae]r sparing.
    Cf. {Spare}, v. t. ]
    1. Scanty; not abundant or plentiful; as, a spare diet.
    2. Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary.
             He was spare, but discreet of speech. --Carew.
    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.
             If that no spare clothes he had to give. --Spenser.
    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.
             O, give me the spare men, and spare me the great
             ones.                                 --Shak.
    6. Slow. [Obs. or prov. Eng.] --Grose.
  4. \Spare\, n.
    1. The act of sparing; moderation; restraint. [Obs.]
             Killing for sacrifice, without any spare. --Holland.
    2. Parsimony; frugal use. [Obs.] --Bacon.
             Poured out their plenty without spite or spare.
    3. An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket. [Obs.]
    4. That which has not been used or expended.
    5. (Tenpins) 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.