Save v. t. [imp. & p. p. Saved p. pr. & vb. n. Saving.]
1. To make safe; to procure the safety of; to preserve from injury, destruction, or evil of any kind; to rescue from impending danger; as, to save a house from the flames.
God save all this fair company. --Chaucer.
He cried, saying, Lord, save me. --Matt. xiv. 30.
Thou hast . . . quitted all to save
A world from utter loss. --Milton.
2. Theol. Specifically, to deliver from sin and its penalty; to rescue from a state of condemnation and spiritual death, and bring into a state of spiritual life.
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. --1 Tim. i. 15.
3. To keep from being spent or lost; to secure from waste or expenditure; to lay up; to reserve.
Now save a nation, and now save a groat. --Pope.
4. To rescue from something undesirable or hurtful; to prevent from doing something; to spare.
I'll save you
That labor, sir. All's now done. --Shak.
5. To hinder from doing, suffering, or happening; to obviate the necessity of; to prevent; to spare.
Will you not speak to save a lady's blush? --Dryden.
6. To hold possession or use of; to escape loss of.
Just saving the tide, and putting in a stock of merit. --Swift.
To save appearances, to preserve a decent outside; to avoid exposure of a discreditable state of things.
Syn: -- To preserve; rescue; deliver; protect; spare; reserve; prevent.
1. Preserving; rescuing.
He is the saving strength of his anointed. --Ps. xxviii. 8.
2. Avoiding unnecessary expense or waste; frugal; not lavish or wasteful; economical; as, a saving cook.
3. Bringing back in returns or in receipts the sum expended; incurring no loss, though not gainful; as, a saving bargain; the ship has made a saving voyage.
4. Making reservation or exception; as, a saving clause.
Note: ☞ Saving is often used with a noun to form a compound adjective; as, labor-saving, life-saving, etc.
Sav·ing prep. ∨ conj.; but properly a participle. With the exception of; except; excepting; also, without disrespect to. “Saving your reverence.” --Shak. “Saving your presence.” --Burns.
None of us put off our clothes, saving that every one put them off for washing. --Neh. iv. 23.
And in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. --Rev. ii. 17.
1. Something kept from being expended or lost; that which is saved or laid up; as, the savings of years of economy.
2. Exception; reservation.
Contend not with those that are too strong for us, but still with a saving to honesty. --L'Estrange.
Savings bank, a bank in which savings or earnings are deposited and put at interest.
adj 1: bringing about salvation or redemption from sin; "saving
faith"; "redemptive (or redeeming) love" [syn: redemptive,
2: characterized by thriftiness; "wealthy by inheritance but
saving by constitution"- Ellen Glasgow
n 1: an act of economizing; reduction in cost; "it was a small
economy to walk to work every day"; "there was a saving
of 50 cents" [syn: economy]
2: recovery or preservation from loss or danger; "work is the
deliverance of mankind"; "a surgeon's job is the saving of
lives" [syn: rescue, deliverance, delivery]
3: the activity of protecting something from loss or danger