American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various devices for preventing waste, damage, or loss.
- n. A receptacle for catching the waste products of a process for further use in manufacture.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A contrivance for saving, or preventing waste or loss; a catch-all. In particular— A small pan, of china or metal, having a sharp point in the middle, fitted to the socket of a candlestick, to allow the short socket-end of a candle to be burnt out without waste.
- n. A small sail set under another, or between two other sails, to catch or save the wind.
- n. A trough in a paper-making machine which collects any pulp that may have slopped over the edge of the wire-cloth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A device in a candlestick to hold the ends of candles, so that they be burned.
- n. (Naut.) A small sail sometimes set under the foot of another sail, to catch the wind that would pass under it.
- n. a net hung between ship and pier while loading a ship
- n. a receptacle for catching waste products for further use
- n. a sail set to catch wind spilled from a larger sail
“Epergne, perhaps _épargne_, a save-all or hold-all.”
“As long as the world was content to take our manufactures as we chose to make them -- when, no other nation having entered the lists with us, we were without competitors, and absolute masters of the commerce of the world, this make-all save-all principle was undoubtedly the most effective.”
“To explain every little mark of usury and covetousness, such as the mortgages, bonds, indentures, &c. the piece of candle stuck on a save-all, on the mantle-piece; the rotten furniture of the room, and the miserable contents of the dusty wardrobe, would be unnecessary: we shall only notice the more striking articles.”
“The business of the dairy, like the feeding of hogs and poultry, is originally carried on as a save-all.”
“The hog, that finds his food among ordure, and greedily devours many things rejected by every other useful animal, is, like poultry, originally kept as a save-all.”
“These, as they are fed with what would otherwise be lost, are a mere save-all; and as they cost the farmer scarce any thing, so he can afford to sell them for very little.”
“She was some miles inshore of us, and as the day brightened we made her out to be a brigantine (an uncommon rig in those days), standing across our bows, with all studding sails set on the starboard side, indeed everything that could pull, including water sails and save-all.”
“In reply, however, I assured him that I MUST waste myself willy-nilly, and that the "Review" was only a save-all.”
“All candles, whatever their material, were carefully used by the economical colonists to the last bit by a little wire frame of pins and rings called a save-all.”
“Another curious illuminating appurtenance was called a save-all or candle-wedge.”
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