• "Thou erring Morning-star, oh! spare thyself."
    "Thou erring Morning-star, oh! spare thyself."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj spare lacking embellishment or ornamentation "a plain hair style","unembellished white walls","functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"
    • adj spare lacking in amplitude or quantity "a bare livelihood","a scanty harvest","a spare diet"
    • adj spare thin and fit "the spare figure of a marathon runner","a body kept trim by exercise"
    • adj spare 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"
    • adj spare kept in reserve especially for emergency use "a reserve supply of food","a spare tire","spare parts"
    • adj spare not taken up by scheduled activities "a free hour between classes","spare time on my hands"
    • v spare use frugally or carefully
    • v spare give up what is not strictly needed "he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey"
    • v spare refrain from harming
    • v spare save or relieve from an experience or action "I'll spare you from having to apologize formally"
    • n spare a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls
    • n spare an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle
    • n spare an extra component of a machine or other apparatus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1968, Steve McPeak traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles on a unicycle. The trip took him six weeks, but he planned for the long bike journey. He brought an extra tire and a spare heinie.
    • Spare An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket.
    • Spare 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."
    • Spare Held in reserve, to be used in an emergency; as, a spare anchor; a spare bed or room.
    • Spare Lean; wanting flesh; meager; thin; gaunt. "O, give me the spare men, and spare me the great ones."
    • Spare Parsimony; frugal use. "Poured out their plenty without spite or spare ."
    • Spare Scanty; not abundant or plentiful; as, a spare diet.
    • Spare Slow.
    • Spare Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary. "He was spare , but discreet of speech."
    • Spare That which has not been used or expended.
    • Spare (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.
    • Spare The act of sparing; moderation; restraint. "Killing for sacrifice, without any spare ."
    • Spare (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.
    • Spare 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."
    • Spare 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.""I could have better spared a better man."
    • Spare To desist; to stop; to refrain.
    • Spare To keep to one's self; to forbear to impart or give. "Be pleased your plitics to spare .""Spare my sight the pain
      Of seeing what a world of tears it costs you."
    • Spare To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to. "Spare us, good Lord.""Dim sadness did not spare That time celestial visages.""Man alone can whom he conquers spare ."
    • Spare To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance. "He will not spare in the day of vengeance."
    • Spare 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, he bestowed on . . . serving of God."
    • Spare 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 .""He that hath knowledge, spareth his words."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spare Scanty; meager; frugal; not plentiful or abundant: as, a spare diet.
    • spare Lacking in substance; lean; gaunt; poor; thin; flimsy.
    • spare Reserved; chary; cautious.
    • spare That may be spared, dispensed with, or applied to a different purpose; not needed for regular or appointed uses; superabundant: as, spare time for recreation; spare cash.
    • spare Reserved front common use; provided or held for extra need; not regularly required: as, a spare anchor; a spare umbrella.
    • spare In zoology, sparingly distributed; remote from one another; few in number; sparse: as, spare hairs, spots, or punctures. Synonyms and
    • spare To be frugal, saving, or chary of; refrain from employing freely; use or dispense with moderation.
    • spare To dispense with; give or yield up; part with the use, possession, or presence of; do without, as for a motive or because of superfluity.
    • spare To withhold the use or doing of; refrain from; omit; forbear; forego: often with a second (indirect) object.
    • spare To refrain from injury to; leave unhurt or undisturbed; forbear from harming or destroying; treat with moderation or consideration; withhold severity or exaction from; refrain from unkindness to; specifically, to allow to live.
    • spare Used reflexively, to be sparing of one's self; be chary or diffident; act with reserve.
    • spare To be frugal or saving; economize: act parsimoniously or stingily.
    • spare To withhold action of any kind; refrain from the doing of something, especially something harmful or harsh; hold one's hand; keep quiet; hold off.
    • n spare Frugal use: saving economy; moderation; restraint.
    • n spare In American holding, an advantage gained by the knocking down of all the pins by rolling two balls: as, to make a spare. In such a case, when the player's turn comes again, the pins knocked down by his first ball are added to those made in the spare to complete the record of that turn, while they count also in the record of the new turn. Compare strike.
    • n spare An opening in a gown or petticoat; a placket.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Spare spār 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 Spare to be frugal: to forbear: to be tender: to be forgiving
    • adj Spare sparing: frugal: scanty: lean: superfluous
    • n Spare that which has been saved or stored away: in American bowling, a point made by overturning all the pins with the first two balls
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “To bear other people's afflictions, everyone has courage and enough to spare.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.”
  • Sir Edward Coke
    Sir Edward Coke
    “One threatens the innocent who spares the guilty.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “He who spares the bad injures the good.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “They do injury to the good who spares the bad.”
  • Rabbi Ben Azai
    Rabbi Ben Azai
    “If you have fear of those that command you, spare those that obey you.”


Drive you spare - If someone or something drives you spare, it is extremely annoying.
Go spare - (UK) If you go spare, you lose your temper completely.
Spare the rod and spoil the child - This means that if you don't discipline children, they will become spoilt.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. sparian, fr. spær, spare, sparing, saving; akin to D. & G. sparen, OHG. sparn, Icel. & Sw. spara, Dan. spare, See Spare (a.)


In literature:

And, reciprocally, why should they spare the property of him who spared it so little himself?
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
In the midst of all her suffering she desired to spare him, to spare her one remaining child.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
On the Malay himself no one spared a moment's attention.
"A Final Reckoning" by G. A. Henty
If there are any spare moments you can employ them in making over your clothes.
"Under the Country Sky" by Grace S. Richmond
So I took my run and cleared the bar, with an inch to spare.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
Few men knew so well the value of spare moments.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
To do this we had to use all the studden-sail-booms and spare spars on board.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
Rome can well spare thee.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
As to spare parts, spare guns and carriages, such luxuries were practically non-existent.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
Those who have got rid of the father won't spare the son, should he happen to stand in their way.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens

In poetry:

And yet I cannot check my sighs,
Thou wert so young and fair,
More bright than summer morning skies,
But stern death would not spare;
"To --------" by Anne Bronte
He knows how much the weak can bear,
And helps them when they cry;
The strongest have no strength to spare,
For such he'll strongly try.
"Manna To Israel Well Supplied" by John Newton
Time spares the germs that subtle genius needs;
Forth from the blue of distance they are sent;
And poor indeed is he who never heeds
What precious hints fall from the firmament.
"To A Realist" by Maurice Thompson
And true it is, we spared not breath or force,
And our good pleasure, like foaming steed
Blind with the madness of his earliest course,
Of rest within the quiet shade hath need.
"Epilogue" by Paul Verlaine
And some are gone we very ill can spare,
And some we gladly would have died to save,
And the young blossom of the hearth, so fair;
But all alike have passed thy gates, oh, grave!
"A New Year's Address, 1870." by Nora Pembroke
Farewell, O Arm of the Lord!
Man who hated the sword,
Yet struck and spared not the thing abhorred!
Farewell, O word of the Word!
Man who knew no failure
But the failure of the Lord!
"Failure" by George MacDonald

In news:

The Lubbock and Roosevelt ISDs use it sparingly.
Spare A Thought For The Agents.
Some older adults discover that as they gain more spare time, they also want to take on a new hobby adventure.
I asked Steve if we had a spare.
The Takashimaya store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue was spare, exquisite, and often too quiet for its own good.
My family had been sparing me the bad news until after dinner.
As the storm moved west toward Louisiana and spared Tampa, the Alabama delegates donned rain ponchos and headed out into the city.
The arty, spare Inni follows Iceland's Sigur Ros.
With Cibo Matto (now closed) and The Florentine already on his resumé, Todd Stein has upscale-Italian credentials to spare.
If you've got a few grand to spare and don't mind folks gawking at you from behind the wheel, it might be time to invest in a YikeBike.
Two young men, accused of abducting and gang-raping a teenage tourist, were spared life in prison Thursday by a St Tammany Parish jury.
He was working on a doctoral degree in philosophy in his spare time.
There are way more new music releases each month than we have spare brain cells around here.
A number of teams have been hit hard by injuries, but the Vikings have been spared.
It's actually a fun game if you have 10 seconds to spare.

In science:

At one end, the waveguides are arranged to match the core geometry of the 120 core MCF shown in Fig. 1(a) (with an additional spare core).
Ultrafast Laser Inscription of a 121-Waveguide Fan-Out for Astrophotonics
In this paper, we measure the level of overprovisioning using the spare factor: Sf = (t − u)/t.
Analysis of Trim Commands on Overprovisioning and Write Amplification in Solid State Drives
The spare factor has a range of [0,1], making comparisons of various spare factors intuitive.
Analysis of Trim Commands on Overprovisioning and Write Amplification in Solid State Drives
Note that the mean effective spare factor is dependent only on the manufacturerspecified spare factor and the amount of Trim in the workload.
Analysis of Trim Commands on Overprovisioning and Write Amplification in Solid State Drives
However, the variance of the effective spare factor also depends on the absolute size of the device, and tends toward zero as the device size gets large.
Analysis of Trim Commands on Overprovisioning and Write Amplification in Solid State Drives