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).
- spar with,
- spare part,
- spare ribs,
- spare the rod and spoil the child,
- spare tire,
- spare tyre
Origin of spare
Examples from the Web for spares
They have the right to demand either execution or “blood money,” a hefty ransom that spares the life of the accused.
The denouement itself appropriates the theme of the huntsman who spares the child he is obliged to kill.Holocaust Horrors Haunt the Films ‘Ida’ And ‘The German Doctor’|Jack Schwartz|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like a great tabloid headline, The Adventuress by N.D. Coleridge promises a lurid story that spares no detail.
He objectifies every woman without fail, and spares his audience no thought that goes through his head.
That spares a decent chunk of high earners from higher taxes.Rich Make Out Like Bandits in Fiscal-Cliff Negotiations|Daniel Gross|December 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It spares the bud—why not the opened blossom, or the ripened fruit?Diary in America, Series One|Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
The remorseless but light satire of the Decameron spares none of the ideals of the age.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature|John Addington Symonds
Tom Carhayes is an ardent sportsman and spares no effort to protect and restore the game upon his farm.'Tween Snow and Fire|Bertram Mitford
Brothers slay each other for the sake of gain, and no one spares his father or mother in that manslaughter and adultery.The Younger Edda|Snorre
Because he esteems the wheat, therefore he deals sternly with it and spares it not.Talks To Farmers|Charles Haddon Spurgeon
- the act of knocking down all the pins with the two bowls of a single frame
- the score thus madeCompare strike (def. 40)
Word Origin for spare
Old English sparian "to refrain from harming, to allow to go free," from the source of Old English spær "sparing, frugal," from Proto-Germanic *sparaz (cf. Old Frisian sparia, Old Norse spara, Old High German sparon "to spare"). Meaning "to dispense from one's own stock" is recorded from early 13c. Related: Spared; sparing.
"kept in reserve, not used," late 14c., from spare (v.). Old English had spær "spare, frugal." In reference to time, from mid-15c.; sense of "flimsy, thin" is recorded from 1540s. Spare part is attested from 1888.
"extra thing or part," 1640s, from spare (v.). Middle English noun sense was "mercy, leniency" (early 14c.). Bowling sense of "a knocking down of all pins in two bowls" is attested from 1849, American English.
In addition to the idioms beginning with spare
- spare the rod and spoil the child
- spare tire
- to spare