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saving

[sey-ving] /ˈseɪ vɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tending or serving to save; rescuing; preserving.
2.
compensating; redeeming:
a saving sense of humor.
3.
thrifty; economical:
a saving housekeeper.
4.
making a reservation:
a saving clause.
noun
5.
a reduction or lessening of expenditure or outlay:
a saving of 10 percent.
6.
something that is saved.
7.
savings, sums of money saved by economy and laid away.
8.
Law. a reservation or exception.
preposition
9.
except:
Nothing remains saving these ruins.
10.
with all due respect to or for:
saving your presence.
conjunction
11.
except; save.
Origin of saving
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at save1, -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
savingly, adverb
nonsaving, adjective
unsaving, adjective
unsavingly, adverb
Synonyms
2. restoring, redemptory, qualifying.
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Examples from the Web for savings
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  • Then what have you been doing with your savings all these years?

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Will you take care of some money for me until I get a chance to deposit it in the savings bank?

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Do you think, if I were alive, I would let any man rob me of the savings of my life?

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • I have left a separate fund in a savings bank for her to draw upon.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • The captain had assured him that neither his wife nor son knew aught of his savings.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
British Dictionary definitions for savings

saving

/ˈseɪvɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tending to save or preserve
2.
redeeming or compensating (esp in the phrase saving grace)
3.
thrifty or economical
4.
(law) denoting or relating to an exception or reservation: a saving clause in an agreement
noun
5.
preservation or redemption, esp from loss or danger
6.
economy or avoidance of waste
7.
reduction in cost or expenditure: a saving of 100 dollars
8.
anything saved
9.
(pl) money saved for future use
10.
(law) an exception or reservation
preposition
11.
with the exception of
conjunction
12.
except
Derived Forms
savingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for savings
n.

"money saved," 1737, plural of saving, vwerbal noun from save (v.). Related: Savings account attested by 1882; savings bank, 1817. S & L for savings and loan attested from 1951.

saving

prep.

late 14c., from safe (adj.); see save (prep.).

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