What does spare mean?

Definitions for spare

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spare part, sparenoun

    an extra component of a machine or other apparatus

  2. fifth wheel, sparenoun

    an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle

  3. spareadjective

    a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls

  4. spare, trimadjective

    thin and fit

    "the spare figure of a marathon runner"; "a body kept trim by exercise"

  5. 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"

  6. spare, freeadjective

    not taken up by scheduled activities

    "a free hour between classes"; "spare time on my hands"

  7. spareadjective

    kept in reserve especially for emergency use

    "a reserve supply of food"; "a spare tire"; "spare parts"

  8. bare(a), scanty, spareadjective

    lacking in amplitude or quantity

    "a bare livelihood"; "a scanty harvest"; "a spare diet"

  9. plain, bare, spare, unembellished, unornamentedverb

    lacking embellishment or ornamentation

    "a plain hair style"; "unembellished white walls"; "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"

  10. spare, saveverb

    refrain from harming

  11. spareverb

    save or relieve from an experience or action

    "I'll spare you from having to apologize formally"

  12. 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"

  13. spareverb

    use frugally or carefully


  1. Sparenoun

    (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.

  2. Sparenoun

    (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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spareadjective

    to use frugally or stintingly, as that which is scarce or valuable; to retain or keep unused; to save

  2. Spareadjective

    to keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give

  3. Spareadjective

    to preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to

  4. Spareadjective

    to save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty

  5. Spareadjective

    to deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with

  6. Spareverb

    to be frugal; not to be profuse; to live frugally; to be parsimonious

  7. Spareverb

    to refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance

  8. Spareverb

    to desist; to stop; to refrain

  9. Spareverb

    scanty; not abundant or plentiful; as, a spare diet

  10. Spareverb

    sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary

  11. Spareverb

    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

  12. Spareverb

    held in reserve, to be used in an emergency; as, a spare anchor; a spare bed or room

  13. Spareverb

    lean; wanting flesh; meager; thin; gaunt

  14. Spareverb


  15. Sparenoun

    the act of sparing; moderation; restraint

  16. Sparenoun

    parsimony; frugal use

  17. Sparenoun

    an opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket

  18. Sparenoun

    that which has not been used or expended

  19. Sparenoun

    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

  20. Etymology: [AS. sparian, fr. spaer spare, sparing, saving; akin to D. & G. sparen, OHG. sparn, Icel. & Sw. spara, Dan. spare See Spare, a.]


  1. Spare

    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

  1. Spare

    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

  1. spare

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spare' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2336

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spare' in Verbs Frequency: #826

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spare' in Adjectives Frequency: #622

Anagrams for spare »

  1. Apers

  2. Apres

  3. As per

  4. Pares

  5. Pears

  6. Præs.

  7. Rapes

  8. Reaps

  9. RESPA

  10. Sarpe

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spare in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of spare in a Sentence

  1. Randolph Lee:

    His primary motive in pleading guilty today was to spare the children who would testify the trauma (and) the embarrassment.

  2. Miguel de Cervantes:

    Spare your breath to cool your porridge.

  3. Christyan Malek:

    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.

  4. Max Mayfield:

    I wanted to go to bed that night knowing we had done as much as we could to spare lives.

  5. Donald Trump:

    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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    the formation of vesicles in or beneath the skin
    • A. blistering
    • B. victimised
    • C. sought
    • D. reassuring

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