Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Rescue from harm, danger, or loss.
  • n. Avoidance of excess expenditure; economy.
  • n. A reduction in expenditure or cost.
  • n. Something saved.
  • n. Money saved: a bank account for savings.
  • n. Usage Problem An amount of money saved: a rebate that yielded a savings of $50.
  • n. Law An exception or reservation.
  • prep. With the exception of.
  • conj. Except; save.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A reduction in cost or expenditure.
  • n. Something (usually money) that is saved.
  • n. The action of the verb to save.
  • n. exception; reservation
  • v. Present participle of save.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • With the exception of; except; excepting; also, without disrespect to.
  • adj. Preserving; rescuing.
  • adj. Avoiding unnecessary expense or waste; frugal; not lavish or wasteful; economical.
  • adj. Bringing back in returns or in receipts the sum expended; incurring no loss, though not gainful.
  • adj. Making reservation or exception.
  • n. Something kept from being expended or lost; that which is saved or laid up.
  • n. Exception; reservation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preserving from evil or destruction; redeeming.
  • Accustomed to save; avoiding unnecessary expenditure or outlay; frugal; economical: as, a saving housekeeper.
  • Bringing in returns or receipts the principal or sum invested or expended; incurring no loss, though not profitable: as, the vessel has made a saving run.
  • Implying or containing a condition or reservation: as, a saving clause. See clause.
  • Excepting; save; unless.
  • Regarding; having respect for; with apology to. See reverence.
  • n. Economy in expenditure or outlay, or in the use of materials, money, etc.; avoidance or prevention of waste or loss in any operation, especially in expending one's earnings.
  • n. A reduction or lessening of expenditure or outlay; an advantage resulting from the avoiding of waste or loss: as, a saving of ten per cent.
  • n. plural Sums saved from time to time by the exercise of care and economy; money saved from waste or loss and laid by or hoarded up.
  • n. Exception; reservation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the activity of protecting something from loss or danger
  • adj. bringing about salvation or redemption from sin
  • n. an act of economizing; reduction in cost
  • n. recovery or preservation from loss or danger
  • adj. characterized by thriftiness

Etymologies

From save +‎ -ing. (Wiktionary)

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    November 4, 2007

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    November 3, 2007

  • Ha! Love it, jennarenn. That's pretty much what comes to mind when I hear that phrase.

    November 2, 2007

  • Saving is virtuous on a personal level, but if everyone does it at the same time, it could be perilous.

    November 2, 2007

  • What was that?

    It's our savings.

    What's it doing?

    Making a sandwich.

    November 2, 2007