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).
Origin of spare
Examples 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 Formssparely, 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