Definition Of spare


(in tenpin bowling) an act of knocking down all the pins with two consecutive rolls of the ball.

I threw a gutter ball, screwing up my spare from the frame before.

additional to what is required for ordinary use.

few people had spare cash for inessentials

an item kept in case another item of the same type is lost, broken, or worn out.

After E, above you put the kit back together and have a large box of spares left over.


be frugal.

but some will spend, and some will spare

elegantly simple.

her clothes are smart and spare in style

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Example Of spare

  • a spare, bearded figure

  • A committed Catholic, Byrd was able to make his living, and his reputation, writing anthems and services in the vernacular spare style for Anglican worship.

  • A part of an atom is an electron and in some materials, like metal, atoms can have a few of these spare .

  • After her first turn, she'd decided to get the five gutter balls out of the way and missed the first ball, then got a spare .

  • All the tunes are by the trio's leader, and are characterised by a spare elegance and melodic accessibility which never tips over into the merely saccharine.

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