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a spare battery (=an extra one, in case you need it)
▪ Take a torch and spare batteries.
a spare bed (=a bed for visitors to your home)
▪ Come and stay any time – we have a spare bed.
a spare key (=an extra key)
▪ Never hide your spare key under the doormat.
a spare moment (=short period of time when you are not doing other things)
▪ She spent every spare moment in the library.
a spare tyre
▪ Always carry a spare tire.
free/spare time
▪ He spends all this free time watching television.
going spare
▪ I’ll take that if it’s going spare.
spare a moment (=used when asking someone if they have a short time available to spend with you)
▪ Can you spare a moment to go through some figures with me?
spare cash
▪ You should put any spare cash into a savings account.
spare no expense (in doing sth) (=spend a lot of money to buy the best things)
▪ Her parents spared no expense in arranging the wedding.
▪ Everything has been provided tonight – no expense has been spared!
spare part
spare ribs
spare room
spare sb the ordeal of sth (=not make someone have to do something difficult)
▪ Thank goodness she was spared the ordeal of surgery.
spare sb’s life (=not kill someone, when you could kill them)
▪ She begged him to spare the life of her son.
spare tyre
the spare bedroom (=for visitors)
▪ She set up a home office in the spare bedroom.
▪ It may include parts of larger support weapons such as mortars, radio equipment and spare batteries.
▪ Make sure you have a supply of spare batteries too.
▪ Carrying spare batteries could be a cheaper option to fast charging and all chargers rely on a power point anyway.
▪ Some people take a fully charged spare battery along with them just in case!
▪ You don't have long between dives, so take spare batteries.
▪ One of us is nearly always away at weekends, so there would be a spare bed.
▪ Non-sailing companions are welcome at any of our resorts if spare beds are available.
▪ And I accept the offer of a spare bed.
▪ Hang it up in a wardrobe, lay it flat on a spare bed or roll it very loosely.
▪ I've got a spare bed.
▪ Be prepared to give up your spare bed more than once in 1993.
▪ We still had two rooms left to decorate: those intended as a spare bedroom and playroom.
▪ After fifteen minutes Pat went back to the spare bedroom.
▪ She came to the spare bedroom, the one she had spent that first unforgettable night in, and slipped inside.
▪ About 25 million people are working from spare bedrooms, paneled basements and converted garages.
▪ Then the cross-shaped glazing bars of the window told him he was in the spare bedroom of Number 29.
▪ Turning a spare bedroom into a family room with an outdoor deck?
▪ She would still have a spare bedroom, quite enough for the modest entertaining she proposed to do in her widowed state.
▪ I tried to sleep in the spare bedroom.
▪ Smaller companies that can't afford these luxuries can sometimes arrange to use spare capacity on the network of a nearby multinational.
▪ In the meantime fundholding practices can use the spare capacity that exists.
▪ Despite planned closures, the continuing decline in demand will continue to generate spare capacity.
▪ Much also depends on how much spare capacity there actually is in manufacturing industry.
▪ A final difference with the Marshall era is the lack of spare capacity in the developed world.
▪ These non-critical elements can be either spread throughout the time-scale or tackled when spare capacity is available.
▪ Foster Yeoman sees potential in selling spare capacity on its trains to other users.
▪ One of the hospitals in Grampian had spare capacity in radiology and made a presentation to the fundholding group.
▪ And they say any spare cars are being snapped up by foreign buyers.
▪ In fact all the games mentioned were inexpensive, they had to be, few people had spare cash for inessentials.
▪ We had three children in quick succession, and no spare cash.
▪ Any spare cash he preferred to donate to more worthy causes.
▪ I know people don't have any spare cash at the moment so thought this would be a good alternative.
▪ If I ask for extra to buy baby clothes, he says he doesn't have the spare cash.
▪ Past boy friends who could use a bit of spare cash.
▪ So, whenever you have some spare cash to hand, pay it into Premier Savings and watch it grow.
▪ A spare change of underclothing is desirable for those who value comfort.
▪ Homeless children scrounge for spare change, and newspapers carry ads from people offering their kidneys for cash.
▪ The bottom line: That guy on the street asking for spare change is actually doing you a favor.
▪ I'd got no money, no night things, no spare clothes, no bank card.
▪ She was dressed quite nice, did she have spare clothes, after all?
▪ As a final resort, ask your class teachers whether they have a spare copy to lend you.
▪ First, begin by taking a spare copy of the proposal and removing each section for separate use and examination.
▪ Retain a spare copy for your file.
▪ Have some spare copies of your phonology or grammar write-ups to give to anyone interested.
▪ There was a pile of spare copies on a table in the entrance hall.
▪ The court makes up a record card from the spare copy summons lodged.
▪ Don't feel guilty when you have a spare hour with no meetings, no mail and no interruptions.
▪ In my spare hours, I drew up Ned's terms of severance and thought nervously about my own.
▪ Remember that I had always intended to leave spare key with the Twills next door but never got round to it.
▪ Eventually, the spare key was found and they were released from the clutches of the car.
▪ So this was his spare key, the one he kept at the Vicarage.
▪ It had temporarily slipped my mind, but some one did have a spare key some while ago.
▪ Do you leave spare keys in hiding places outside the house?
▪ Leave a spare key with a trustworthy neighbour.
▪ Determined to do well, she studied in every available spare minute to gain her Chartered Institute of Insurers qualification.
▪ This is undertaken by supporters of the project who are works employees during the spare minutes they may have available.
▪ She'd made a point of spending every spare minute she could with her.
▪ You've probably noticed how she spends every spare minute practising her putting.
▪ Hatton had done the journey in the shortest possible time, leaving no possible spare moment for undercover activities.
▪ I mean, there is always a spare moment or two when one needs a break from digging, or sawing.
▪ For the past year has spent her spare moments studying for an Open University degree in science and technology.
▪ Keep the data on flashcards and put in your pocket to look at in spare moments.
▪ Plan your periods of relaxation; relax in spare moments before you get tired.
▪ Endill spent every spare moment he had in the library.
▪ In any case if I had any spare money it would go on clerical assistance.
▪ Not surprisingly, a spare pair of legs.
▪ A spare pair of trunks had been annoyingly found.
▪ A spare pair of stockings or tights should always be handy as nothing looks so unattractive as laddered tights.
▪ Ian MacDonald and he had stripped down the old wreck and searched junk yards for spare parts.
▪ It was very evident that there were no supplies or spare parts available.
▪ When selecting equipment to buy, one should make sure that servicing facilities are good and spare parts are quickly obtainable.
▪ Key resources are technical personnel and aircraft spare parts which account for the largest share of the maintenance budget.
▪ Approval will be given for spare parts for ships, naval helicopters and naval planes.
▪ The sheer cost of trained staff and the difficulties with obtaining spare parts are two indications of the absurdity of the idea.
▪ What a good idea to go round collecting all the spare parts!
▪ Trim spare ribs of any excess fat, then place in a large roasting tin.
▪ Pour the barbecue sauce over the spare ribs.
▪ The food was good: a thin soup followed by pork spare ribs.
▪ He was lying in bed in Miles and Juliet's spare room.
▪ Every spare room became a coveted rental unit.
▪ We had tried cycling, skipping and jogging and we both had an exercise bike in the spare room.
▪ He had left the fire on in the spare room.
▪ We must furnish our spare room at once if this sort of thing is to happen often.
▪ Back in the spare room there were problems.
▪ Gyggle would store me in a spare room of the hospital and keep me under twenty-four-hour observation while I was unconscious.
▪ The call would have given some one the chance to replace the spare set in the security cupboard here.
▪ She must remember to buy a spare set.
▪ He was indeed a carpenter, and spent his spare time carving small wooden toys for his children.
▪ We had some spare time, so we started messing around with samples and sequencers and stuff.
▪ In many schools, teachers are spending their spare time fund-raising and making equipment to support the new Curriculum.
▪ And, in their spare time, San Diegans evidently go to the gym.
▪ She didn't sew herself, so she had an acquaintance from a theatrical costumiers run them up in his spare time.
▪ In his spare time, Grigsby gave legal advice to the Black Panthers.
▪ I continued teaching for about 18 months, keeping up my studies for an M.A. in my spare time.
▪ But then he discovered Art, and began to paint in his spare time and make etchings.
▪ Thank goodness for my spare tyre, I can afford to lose a bit of that.
▪ Their companion, in his 20s, had an old, noisy van with a smiling face logo on the spare tyre.
▪ If only he took as much exercise as I did he wouldn't have that spare tyre, I thought unsympathetically.
▪ They had no spare wheel and petrol was low.
▪ Boots often leak, so take a look in the spare wheel well and at the metalwork beneath the fuel tank.
spare a thought for sb
▪ But spare a thought for Helen Williams.
▪ But whereas Errol struck it lucky, spare a thought for Instonian Neil Cooke.
▪ Let us take a moment this Advent to spare a thought for what the poorest of our world are waiting for.
▪ While all these contrivances give us the pleasure of moving water, we must spare a thought for the plants beneath.
▪ Whilst knitting your designs you might spare a thought for Giant Pandas now very much an endangered species.
with time to spare
▪ In spite of the bad traffic, we reached London with plenty of time to spare.
▪ She arrived at the hospital with little time to spare.
▪ And not such a bad parent-always with time to spare, always eager to please, often funny.
▪ But with time to spare, we rummaged around.
▪ I became that vet with time to spare.
▪ a spare bass guitar line
▪ A lot of kids don't have enough to do in their spare time, and that's when they get into trouble.
▪ a precise, spare style of writing
▪ All cars have to carry a spare tyre by law.
▪ Are there any spare chairs we can borrow?
▪ I always leave a set of spare keys with my neighbor.
▪ I need 50 cents for the parking meter - do you have any spare change?
▪ I put my spare change in a charity collection box.
▪ It seemed like every time I turned around, some bum was hitting me up for spare change.
▪ Pauline keeps a spare key hanging in the closet upstairs.
▪ Some couples will start married life in a spare room at the home of one set of parents -- usually the bride's.
▪ the artist's spare use of color
▪ We're using the spare bedroom as a storage space.
▪ We've got a spare sleeping bag that you can borrow.
▪ We carried Ros upstairs and laid her on the spare bed.
▪ We have two spare tickets for the game - do you want to come?
▪ You can stay with us, we have a spare bedroom.
▪ And I noticed that in the wardrobe was a spare pillow.
▪ Elastogran will take over sales of spare parts and the service of all polyurethane processing machines and plants already supplied by Desma.
▪ Every spare room became a coveted rental unit.
▪ Ian MacDonald and he had stripped down the old wreck and searched junk yards for spare parts.
▪ In his spare hours, he played the flute and read a great deal of poetry.
▪ In his spare time Gavin competes in various rallies.
▪ It was very evident that there were no supplies or spare parts available.
▪ Some of his best work, on glaciation and on Old Red Sandstone, was done in his spare time.
▪ We will spare the blushes of those forecasters' who notched up the biggest errors.
▪ Morris, which has more than £10 billion cash to spare, would not comment.
▪ They hoped to be spared the details.
▪ We promise to spare none of the details of their angst and their agony through the season.
▪ Flanner is rather sparing about details of Picasso's personal life, knowing it to be so extensively documented.
▪ Although we are spared the details, it resulted in all the barbed wire on the course being removed.
▪ And kindly spare me the details.
▪ I spared no details - there was no good reason why I should.
▪ You will be relieved to hear that I shall spare you the details of these arguments on this occasion.
▪ He spares us the details, saying only that she was tall, well-built.
▪ She was often ill, and Hubert spared no effort to make her well again.
▪ It attracted more retail savings than even the government, which spares no effort to tap the market.
▪ The owner has spared no money or effort in keeping everything up to class A1 condition.
▪ If you suspect you will be facing a greater daemon spare no effort to acquire the Banishment spell.
▪ He collects it from the door when it arrives to spare her the embarrassment of being seen by the boy.
▪ Meredith was relieved to be spared the embarrassment of unavoidable eavesdropping.
▪ No expense was spared to produce a station worthy to stand beside the other civic buildings.
▪ Neither expense nor time was spared to assure our sequestration.
▪ He says that everything has been laid on tonight, no expense spared.
▪ Quite obviously no expense was spared.
▪ In truth no expense will be spared to royally entertain the guests on board the Champagne Orient Express.
▪ Private, constant attendance, no expense spared.
▪ No expense has been spared to make each home the ultimate in luxury.
▪ But that doesn't mean this is a lavish, no expense-spared production.
▪ Kate sat down, hashed it out and handed it in with half an hour to spare.
▪ When you find you have only a few hours to spare you can choose the best swim for that particular period.
▪ I was packed and ready, and I arrived at the station on Christmas night with an hour to spare.
▪ She bought first-class tickets and still had half an hour to spare.
▪ But the patient was having treatment and couldn't see visitors so he had an hour to spare.
▪ All accounted for and two and a half hours to spare.
▪ Type 8 I have half an hour to spare before I need go.
▪ And he had deliberately caught his flight with just minutes to spare.
▪ Even Marshall had brushed aside all suggestions of having a few minutes to spare to give Harbury something exclusive.
▪ Eventually he arrived, with minutes to spare, wearing a ridiculous sort of check hat.
▪ With four minutes to spare, Haringey gets a rate-56% higher than last year.
▪ She'd made the deadline with minutes to spare.
▪ If you have five minutes to spare, plug in Super Mario and spend half an hour trying to rescue the princess!
▪ He boarded the express with two minutes to spare.
▪ We arrived at the club with minutes to spare.
▪ But if you have a moment to spare before you do catch the bus, be sure to pop in.
▪ Let us take a moment this Advent to spare a thought for what the poorest of our world are waiting for.
▪ Begin to see yourself as some one with plenty of money to spare.
▪ They maintain the government will have money to spare by 2011.
▪ We don't smoke or drink, so we have some money to spare.
▪ But millions of people do it anyway, even when they have little money to spare.
▪ None of the officers had much money to spare so practically all their clothes were hand made, including their uniforms.
▪ Work out how much money you have to spare each month. 3.
▪ On the whole these attract students with some money to spare.
▪ A year to make some money in could be spared from all the time in the world.
▪ Luckily the police have spared me the ordeal of telling Proby, and also kept my bones intact.
▪ Just as well that she had been at least spared the ordeal of having to face him this morning.
▪ But she was spared from that ordeal when Anthony Bourgois pleaded guilty to charges of false imprisonment and carrying a knife.
▪ Haynes then steered the tourists to an easy victory with more than 11 overs to spare.
▪ Smith went on to 61, the winning runs coming with 16.1 overs to spare.
▪ A convincing one-day success was wrapped up with 15 overs to spare as Cheshire outplayed the Duchy in every respect.
▪ They reached their goal with five overs to spare.
▪ But they recovered well, and had almost five overs to spare when the winning runs were hit.
▪ He knew all his effort was worthwhile, if it could spare future generations the pain of this disease.
▪ He had had a very hard time indeed to persuade the King, but he had spared no pains.
▪ Within a few days, I was spared the pain of making any immediate decisions about my future.
▪ You could stand the Statue of Liberty inside it and lay the Eiffel Tower alongside with room to spare.
▪ He has passed the first three tests on the way to the presidency with room to spare.
▪ She could have set the Alice Liddell down comfortably on any of them, with room to spare.
▪ It is furnished with everything I might ever need and there are always rooms to spare.
▪ It was a large place, with room enough and to spare for all of them.
▪ It held the coin collection with room to spare.
▪ But whereas Errol struck it lucky, spare a thought for Instonian Neil Cooke.
▪ Whilst knitting your designs you might spare a thought for Giant Pandas now very much an endangered species.
▪ Let us take a moment this Advent to spare a thought for what the poorest of our world are waiting for.
▪ No self-respecting Zen-Buddhist spares a second thought for it.
▪ But spare a thought for Helen Williams.
▪ While all these contrivances give us the pleasure of moving water, we must spare a thought for the plants beneath.
▪ I do not have the time to spare to meander through mountains.
▪ Kenyon wound up shaving not one but three seconds off the start-up time, sparing a hundred extra souls from the Reaper.
▪ Unfortunately, I haven't very much time to spare.
▪ With time to spare, the Age Bulgers dominated all levels of politics and made sure their special interests came first.
▪ All those below were too busy and had not time to spare to comfort him with a few minutes' companionship.
▪ You can help by arriving either on time or with a little time to spare.
▪ But with time to spare, we rummaged around.
▪ Dad, can you spare a fiver?
▪ I'm afraid we can't spare the staff. Everybody's busy right now.
▪ If anyone can spare a couple of hours a week to help out, it would be much appreciated.
▪ Luckily, the hostages' lives were spared.
▪ We don't have very much coffee, I'm afraid, but we can spare you a little.
▪ Although we are spared the details, it resulted in all the barbed wire on the course being removed.
▪ And if not, yet I will not spare of what I have sworn touching Parfois.
▪ But he could spare no time, not knowing how long he might be allowed to talk to Jason.
▪ Certainly nothing was spared to make her happy - if money, and attention, and general spoiling could do that.
▪ Haynes then steered the tourists to an easy victory with more than 11 overs to spare.
▪ He had had a very hard time indeed to persuade the King, but he had spared no pains.
▪ They reached their goal with five overs to spare.
with time to spare
▪ In spite of the bad traffic, we reached London with plenty of time to spare.
▪ She arrived at the hospital with little time to spare.
▪ And not such a bad parent-always with time to spare, always eager to please, often funny.
▪ But with time to spare, we rummaged around.
▪ I became that vet with time to spare.
▪ I brought two batteries just in case I needed a spare.
▪ Build quality seemed good and there are now enough agents in this country to make servicing and spares less of a worry.
▪ Sanctions meant he could no longer import spares but the value of his existing stock had increased tenfold.
▪ She noted, however, that spares for aircraft can be produced by companies other than the original manufacturer.
▪ The reason is now obvious, a pair of robins had nested in the electrical spares rack.
▪ They are sold by many electrical retail outlets, and spares are easy to carry.
▪ Within a minute, the spare was in place.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Spare \Spare\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spared; p. pr. & vb. n. Sparing.] [AS. sparian, fr. sp[ae]r spare, sparing, saving; akin to D. & G. sparen, OHG. spar?n, Icel. & Sw. spara, Dan. spare See Spare, a.]

  1. 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.
    --Prov. xvii. 27.

  2. 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.

  3. To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy to.

    Spare us, good Lord.
    --Book of Common Prayer.

    Dim sadness did not spare That time celestial visages.

    Man alone can whom he conquers spare.

  4. 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 ?estowed on . . . serving of God.

  5. 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. --Roscommon. I could have better spared a better man. --Shak. To spare one's self.

    1. To act with reserve. [Obs.]

      Her thought that a lady should her spare.

    2. To save one's self labor, punishment, or blame.


Spare \Spare\, a. [Compar. Sparer; superl. Sparest; -- not used in all the senses of the word.] [AS. sp[ae]r sparing. Cf. Spare, v. t. ]

  1. Scanty; not abundant or plentiful; as, a spare diet.

  2. Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; chary.

    He was spare, but discreet of speech.

  3. 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.

  4. Held in reserve, to be used in an emergency; as, a spare anchor; a spare bed or room.

  5. Lean; wanting flesh; meager; thin; gaunt.

    O, give me the spare men, and spare me the great ones.

  6. Slow. [Obs. or prov. Eng.]


Spare \Spare\, n.

  1. The act of sparing; moderation; restraint. [Obs.]

    Killing for sacrifice, without any spare.

  2. Parsimony; frugal use. [Obs.]

    Poured out their plenty without spite or spare.

  3. An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket. [Obs.]

  4. That which has not been used or expended.

  5. (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. 6. (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 \Spare\, v. i.

  1. 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.

  2. To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance.

    He will not spare in the day of vengeance.
    --Prov. vi. 34.

  3. To desist; to stop; to refrain. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"kept in reserve, not used, provided or held for extra need," late 14c., from or from the same root as spare (v.). Old English had spær "sparing, frugal." Also compare Old Norse sparr "(to be) spared." In reference to time, from mid-15c.; sense of "lacking in substance; lean, gaunt; flimsy, thin; poor," is recorded from 1540s. Spare part is attested from 1888. Spare tire is from 1894 of bicycles; 1903 of automobiles; 1961 of waistlines.


Old English sparian "to refrain from harming, be indulgent to, allow to go free; use sparingly," from the source of Old English spær "sparing, frugal," from Proto-Germanic *sparaz (cognates: Old Saxon sparon, Old Frisian sparia, Old Norse spara, Dutch sparen, Old High German sparon, German sparen "to spare"). Meaning "to dispense from one's own stock, give or yield up," is recorded from early 13c. Related: Spared; sparing.\n


"extra thing or part," 1640s, from spare (adj.). The Middle English noun sense was "a sparing, mercy, leniency" (early 14c.). Bowling game sense of "an advantage gained by a knocking down of all pins in two bowls" is attested from 1843, American English.


Etymology 1

  1. scanty; not abundant or plentiful. n. 1 The act of sparing; moderation; restraint. 2 parsimony; frugal use. 3 An opening in a petticoat or gown; a placket. 4 That which has not been used or expended. 5 A spare part, especially a spare tire. 6 (context bowling English) 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. 7 (context bowling English) The act of knocking down all remaining pins in second ball of a frame; this entitles the pins knocked down on the next ball to be added to the score for that frame. Etymology 2


  2. 1 To show mercy. 2 # (context intransitive English) To desist; to stop; to refrain. 3 # (context intransitive English) To refrain from inflicting harm; to use mercy or forbearance. 4 # (context transitive English) To preserve from danger or punishment; to forbear to punish, injure, or harm; to show mercy.

  1. n. an extra component of a machine or other apparatus [syn: spare part]

  2. an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle [syn: fifth wheel]

  3. a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls

  1. adj. thin and fit; "the spare figure of a marathon runner"; "a body kept trim by exercise" [syn: trim]

  2. 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" [syn: excess, extra, redundant, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus]

  3. just sufficient; "the library had a spare but efficient look"

  4. not taken up by scheduled activities; "a free hour between classes"; "spare time on my hands" [syn: free]

  5. kept in reserve especially for emergency use; "a reserve supply of food"; "a spare tire"; "spare parts" [syn: reserve(a)]

  6. lacking in amplitude or quantity; "a bare livelihood"; "a scanty harvest"; "a spare diet" [syn: bare(a), scanty]

  1. v. refrain from harming [syn: save]

  2. save or relieve from an experience or action; "I'll spare you from having to apologize formally"

  3. give up what is not strictly needed; "he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey" [syn: give up, part with, dispense with]

  4. use frugally or carefully


Spare may refer to:

  • Spare (bowling)
  • Austin Osman Spare
  • Spare part (logistics)
    • Spare tire
  • Spare rib
  • Spare bus driver

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Spare (bowling)

A spare is a term used in bowling to indicate that all of the pins have been knocked down after the infinity ball of a frame. The symbol for a spare is a forward slash mark (/).

A "spare" is awarded when no pins are left standing after the second ball of a frame; i.e., a player uses both balls of a frame to clear all ten pins. A player achieving a spare is awarded ten points, plus a bonus of whatever is scored with the next ball (only the first ball is counted). It is typically rendered as a slash on score sheets in place of the second pin count for a frame.

Example: Frame 1, ball 1: 7 pins Frame 1, ball 2: 3 pins (spare) Frame 2, ball 1: 4 pins Frame 2, ball 2: 2 pins The total score from these throws is: 7 + 3 + 4(bonus) + 4 + 2 = 20

A player who bowls a spare in the tenth (final) frame is awarded one extra ball to allow for the bonus points.

Correctly calculating bonus points can be difficult and time-consuming, especially when combinations of strikes and spares come in consecutive frames. In modern times, however, this has been overcome with automated scoring systems (also known as score keepers), linked to the machines that set and clear the pins between frames. A computer automatically counts pins that remain standing, and fills in a virtual score sheet (usually displayed on monitors above each lane). However, even the automated system is not fool-proof, as the computer can miscount the number of pins that remain standing.

The term "hard spare" refers when no pins are knocked down on the first ball, due to a foot foul or a ball thrown into the gutter, and then a spare is converted with all ten pins remaining with the second ball. This is sometimes mocked as throwing a strike one ball too late.

Since throwing three strikes in a row is referred to as a "turkey," novices who have three spares in a row usually use terms related to birds such as a "sparrow" to celebrate this achievement.

Usage examples of "spare".

We do not consider that apperception spares us the trouble of examining ever anew and in small detail all the objects and phenomena that present themselves to us, so as to get their meaning, or that it thus prevents our mental power from scattering and from being worn out with wearisome, fruitless detail labors.

Matekoni was off fetching spare parts from the motor trades distributor with whom he dealt, and Mr Polopetsi was helping the younger apprentice to fix the suspension on a hearse.

The frescoes are of the usual drop scene, barocco, academic kind, but where the damp has spared them they form an effective background.

Under the front seats will be a compartment for more batteries, and there will be a third place under the rear seats, where I will also carry spare wheels and a repair kit.

Guzmeen recognized the boy, but was spared the need to tell Barlennan by Benj himself.

It pleased Bernard for the moment not to spare her, though he felt a sort of delight of kindness for her.

Boers were shouting to their servants, horses were being examined, women were packing the saddle-bags of their husbands and fathers with spare clothes, the pack-beasts were being laden with biltong and other provisions, and so forth.

Okyo had packed, spare sandals, the flea powder, the dried bonito, and the paper rain cloak.

In short, I begged my friend the Bonze to spare me his protests, and thus the unpleasantness of breaking with him for ever.

Back on deck, with time to spare, Harry had all his guns housed, taking care to leave his larboard carronades loaded, even if they were bowsed tight against the ports.

Where oaths and threats had issued from their mouths now came plaintive petitions for mercy, and those who had laughed with such bold braggadocio now wept like young girls, but Elric, full of his old battle-joy, spared none.

The spare breechings should never be stowed near the galley nor Engine-room, lest they be damaged by heat and moisture.

Detailing a man to guard three broken-down crocks like macdonald, bullen, and myself showed that carreras had plenty of men to spare or was excessively cautious.

At a work-bench, repairing a burnishing tool, stood Fuscule: a tall man, very thin, all elbows, knees and long spare shanks.

He had hoped she would assume he had succumbed again to methamphetamine hydrochloride and was sparing her the agony of his descent back into the hell of chemical dependence.