spare part, sparenoun
an extra component of a machine or other apparatus
fifth wheel, sparenoun
an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle
a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls
thin and fit
"the spare figure of a marathon runner"; "a body kept trim by exercise"
excess, extra, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplusadjective
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"
not taken up by scheduled activities
"a free hour between classes"; "spare time on my hands"
kept in reserve especially for emergency use
"a reserve supply of food"; "a spare tire"; "spare parts"
bare(a), scanty, spareadjective
lacking in amplitude or quantity
"a bare livelihood"; "a scanty harvest"; "a spare diet"
plain, bare, spare, unembellished, unornamentedverb
lacking embellishment or ornamentation
"a plain hair style"; "unembellished white walls"; "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"
refrain from harming
save or relieve from an experience or action
"I'll spare you from having to apologize formally"
spare, give up, part with, dispense withverb
give up what is not strictly needed
"he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey"
use frugally or carefully
(Bowling) The act of knocking down all ten pins in two bowls, which entitles the bowler to add the number of pins knocked down in the next bowl to the score for the frame in which the spare occurred.
(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. For the meaning in modern bowling, see sense 6.
to use frugally or stintingly, as that which is scarce or valuable; to retain or keep unused; to save
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
to be frugal; not to be profuse; to live frugally; to be parsimonious
to refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance
to desist; to stop; to refrain
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
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
Etymology: [AS. sparian, fr. spaer spare, sparing, saving; akin to D. & G. sparen, OHG. sparn, Icel. & Sw. spara, Dan. spare See Spare, a.]
A spare is a term used in bowling to indicate that all of the pins have been knocked down after the second ball of a frame. The symbol for a spare is a slash mark. A "spare" is awarded when no pins are left standing after the second ball of a frame; i.e., a player uses both balls of a frame to clear all ten pins. A player achieving a spare is awarded ten points, plus a bonus of whatever is scored with the next ball. It is typically rendered as a slash on scoresheets in place of the second pin count for a frame. A player who bowls a spare in the tenth frame is awarded one extra ball to allow for the bonus points. Correctly calculating bonus points can be difficult, especially when combinations of strikes and spares come in successive frames. In modern times, however, this has been overcome with automated scoring systems, linked to the machines that set and clear the pins between frames. A computer automatically counts pins that remain standing, and fills in a virtual score sheet. However, even the automated system is not fool-proof, as the computer can miscount the number of pins that remain standing.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
spār, v.t. to use frugally: to do without: to save from any use: to withhold from: to forbear from harming, to treat tenderly: to part with willingly.—v.i. to be frugal: to forbear: to be tender: to be forgiving.—adj. sparing: frugal: scanty: lean: superfluous.—n. that which has been saved or stored away: in American bowling, a point made by overturning all the pins with the first two balls.—adv. Spare′ly, in a spare manner: sparingly.—ns. Spare′ness; Spār′er, one who spares or avoids expense; Spare′rib, a piece of pork consisting of ribs with the meat adhering to them.—adj. Spā′ring, scarce: scanty: saving: merciful, forgiving.—adv. Spār′ingly, frugally: not abundantly: with abstinence: seldom: cautiously.—n. Spār′ingness, the quality of being sparing: want of liberality: caution. [A.S. sparian, to spare—spær, spare; Ger. spärlich, frugal.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
An epithet applied to any part of a ship's equipage that lies in reserve, to supply the place of such as may be lost or rendered incapable of service; hence we say, spare tiller, spare top-masts, &c.
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Rank popularity for the word 'spare' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2336
Rank popularity for the word 'spare' in Verbs Frequency: #826
Rank popularity for the word 'spare' in Adjectives Frequency: #622
The numerical value of spare in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of spare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
His primary motive in pleading guilty today was to spare the children who would testify the trauma (and) the embarrassment.
Spare your breath to cool your porridge.
Look back at history. When we're in a scenario where the market goes,' Oh, s ***, we don't have spare capacity,' that's where you see overshoots.
I wanted to go to bed that night knowing we had done as much as we could to spare lives.
The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation, we will spare no resources or expense in this effort.
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- nadbytečný, náhradníCzech
- sparen, schlankGerman
- de repuestoSpanish
- laiha, säästäväinen, vara, niukka, ylimääräinenFinnish
- épargner, rechangeFrench
- a bharrachdScottish Gaelic
- скудный, запасной, умеренный, лишнийRussian
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