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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 spare /ˈspær, ˈspɛr/

From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Spare v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spared p. pr. & vb. n. Sparing.]
 1. To use frugally or stintingly, as that which is scarce or valuable; to retain or keep unused; to save. “No cost would he spare.”
    [Thou] thy Father's dreadful thunder didst not spare.   --Milton.
    He that hath knowledge, spareth his words.   --Prov. xvii. 27.
 2. To keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give.
    Be pleased your plitics to spare.   --Dryden.
 Spare my sight the pain
 Of seeing what a world of tears it costs you.   --Dryden.
 3. To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to.
    Spare us, good Lord.   --Book of Common Prayer.
 Dim sadness did not spare
 That time celestial visages.   --Milton.
    Man alone can whom he conquers spare.   --Waller.
 4. To save or gain, as by frugality; to reserve, as from some occupation, use, or duty.
    All the time he could spare from the necessary cares of his weighty charge, heestowed on . . . serving of God.   --Knolles.
 5. To deprive one's self of, as by being frugal; to do without; to dispense with; to give up; to part with.
 Where angry Jove did never spare
 One breath of kind and temperate air.   --Roscommon.
    I could have better spared a better man.   --Shak.
 To spare one's self. (a) To act with reserve. [Obs.]
    Her thought that a lady should her spare.   --Chaucer.
 (b) To save one's self labor, punishment, or blame.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Spare v. i.
 1. To be frugal; not to be profuse; to live frugally; to be parsimonious.
 I, who at some times spend, at others spare,
 Divided between carelessness and care.   --Pope.
 2. To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance.
    He will not spare in the day of vengeance.   --Prov. vi. 34.
 3. To desist; to stop; to refrain. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Spare, a. [Compar. Sparer superl. Sparest; -- not used in all the senses of the word.]
 1. Scanty; not abundant or plentiful; as, a spare diet.
 2. Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary.
    He was spare, but discreet of speech.   --Carew.
 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.
    If that no spare clothes he had to give.   --Spenser.
 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.
    O, give me the spare men, and spare me the great ones.   --Shak.
 6. Slow. [Obs. or prov. Eng.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Spare n.
 1. The act of sparing; moderation; restraint. [Obs.]
    Killing for sacrifice, without any spare.   --Holland.
 2. Parsimony; frugal use. [Obs.]
    Poured out their plenty without spite or spare.   --Spenser.
 3. An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket. [Obs.]
 4. That which has not been used or expended.
 5. 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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,
      3: just sufficient; "the library had a spare but efficient
      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]
      n 1: an extra component of a machine or other apparatus [syn: spare
      2: an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle [syn: fifth
      3: a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two
      v 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