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Dictionary Definition

spare adj
1 thin and fit; "the spare figure of a marathon runner"; "a body kept trim by exercise" [syn: trim]
2 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" [syn: excess, extra, redundant, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus]
3 just sufficient; "the library had a spare but efficient look"
4 not taken up by scheduled activities; "a free hour between classes"; "spare time on my hands" [syn: free]
5 kept in reserve especially for emergency use; "a reserve supply of food"; "a spare tire"; "spare parts" [syn: reserve(a)]
6 lacking in amplitude or quantity; "a bare livelihood"; "a scanty harvest"; "a spare diet" [syn: bare(a), scanty]

Noun

1 an extra component of a machine or other apparatus [syn: spare part]
2 an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle [syn: fifth wheel]
3 a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls

Verb

1 refrain from harming [syn: save]
2 save or relieve from an experience or action; "I'll spare you from having to apologize formally"
3 give up what is not strictly needed; "he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey" [syn: give up, part with, dispense with]
4 use frugally or carefully

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • a UK /ˈspɛə(ɹ)/

Etymology 1

etyl ang spær

Adjective

  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
Translations
scanty,not abundant or plentiful
being over and above what is necessary
held in reserve

Noun

  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. 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.

Etymology 2

etyl ang sparian

Verb

  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.
  3. To desist; to stop; to refrain.
  4. To keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give.
  5. To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to.
  6. To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty.
  7. To deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with.

Italian

Verb

spare

Extensive Definition

Spare may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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