verb (used with object), spared, spar·ing.
verb (used without object), spared, spar·ing.
adjective, spar·er, spar·est.
- the knocking down of all the pins with two bowls.
- a score so made.Compare strike(def 69).
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Origin of spare
OTHER WORDS FROM spare
Words nearby spare
Example sentences from the Web for spareness
Indeed, the spareness of their coverings was a matter of some regret and anxiety on Percival's part.Under False Pretences|Adeline Sergeant
Modern simplicity must show the spareness of asceticism, not the leanness of anmia.Essays|Arthur Christopher Benson
The well-rounded form took away all hint of spareness, while it did not destroy the promise of endurance.Winning the Wilderness|Margaret Hill McCarter
The spareness of our forces was thus betrayed by this meeting, which was in effect a council of despair.Hurricane Island|H. B. Marriott Watson
By the way, is it not possible that the spareness and slenderness of your person may be owing to the same cause?The Works of William Cowper|William Cowper
British Dictionary definitions for spareness
- the act of knocking down all the pins with the two bowls of a single frame
- the score thus madeCompare strike (def. 40)
Derived forms of sparesparely, adverbspareness, nounsparer, noun
Word Origin for spare
Idioms and Phrases with spareness
In addition to the idioms beginning with spare
- spare the rod and spoil the child
- spare tire
- to spare