spareable, adj.sparely, adv.spareness, n.sparer, n.
/spair/, v., spared, sparing, adj., sparer, sparest, n.
1. to refrain from harming or destroying; leave uninjured; forbear to punish, hurt, or destroy: to spare one's enemy.
2. to deal gently or leniently with; show consideration for: His harsh criticism spared no one.
3. to save from strain, discomfort, embarrassment, or the like, or from a particular cause of it: to spare him the bother; to spare her needless embarrassment.
4. to refrain from, forbear, omit, or withhold, as action or speech: Spare us the gory details.
5. to refrain from employing, as some instrument or recourse: to spare the rod.
6. to set aside for a particular purpose: to spare land for a garden.
7. to give or lend, as from a supply, esp. without inconvenience or loss: Can you spare a cup of sugar? Can you spare me a dollar till payday?
8. to dispense with or do without: We can't spare a single worker during the rush hour.
9. to use economically or frugally; refrain from using up or wasting: A walnut sundae, and don't spare the whipped cream!
10. to have remaining as excess or surplus: We can make the curtains and have a yard to spare.
11. to use economy; be frugal.
12. to refrain from inflicting injury or punishment; exercise lenience or mercy.
13. Obs. to refrain from action; forbear.
14. kept in reserve, as for possible use: a spare part.
15. being in excess of present need; free for other use: spare time.
16. frugally restricted or meager, as a manner of living or a diet: a spare regime.
17. lean or thin, as a person.
18. scanty or scant, as in amount or fullness.
19. sparing, economical, or temperate, as persons.
20. a spare thing, part, etc., as an extra tire for emergency use.
21. Ceram. an area at the top of a plaster mold for holding excess slip.
22. Bowling.
a. the knocking down of all the pins with two bowls.
b. a score so made. Cf. strike (def. 78).
[bef. 900; (v.) ME sparen, OE sparian; c. D, G sparen, ON spara; (n. and adj.) ME; cf. OE spaer sparing, frugal (c. OHG spar, ON sparr]
Syn. 6. reserve. 14, 15. extra. 17. See thin.

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