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

 spar·ing /ˈspærɪŋ, ˈspɛr-/

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)

 Spar·ing a. Spare; saving; frugal; merciful.
 -- Spar*ing*ly, adv. -- Spar*ing*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : avoiding waste; "an economical meal"; "an economical
            shopper"; "a frugal farmer"; "a frugal lunch"; "a
            sparing father and a spending son"; "sparing in their
            use of heat and light"; "stinting in bestowing gifts";
            "thrifty because they remember the great Depression";
            "`scotch' is used only informally" [syn: economical,
            frugal, scotch, stinting]