from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. comparative form of spare: more spare

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who spares.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who spares, or avoids unnecessary expense; a frugal spender.
  • n. That which spares; specifically, in metabolism, a substance which through its own destruction will curtail the destruction of other material: for example, carbohydrates are sparers of the tissue albumins.

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

  • n. someone who refrains from injuring or destroying


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  • If The City and the City marked a new direction, with a sparer prose and a more sombre tone, Kraken, published shortly after, "felt like the end of something".

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  • That is not to say, however, that the sparer stagings will not generate spikes of imaginative energy.

    Edward Albee Festival starts at Arena Stage

  • Crate & Barrel's baby brother, with a sparer, simpler design orientation particularly well suited to smaller Manhattan apartments.

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  • These two books made me think Lorrie Moore might be counted among a younger generation of adventurous writers neither programmatically postmodern nor retreating to the sparer comforts of minimalism, following up on the radical departures of postmodernism in a perhaps less confrontational, more accessible way.

    A Sad Decline

  • Once he left Europe and settled in Manhattan, Feininger's works grew sparer still, though more fluid—images of his new city rendered in a looser style, minus the depth.

    A Divided Artist Comes Home

  • That my generation is now leading, us with our formerly well traveled lives and good solid educations and our sense of seeing the world from periods of outrageous decadence, and thinner sparer times with Bush, we finally came through.

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  • In its place is a much sparer logo, featuring a "C" surrounded by an upside-down "C."

    Comedy Central's New Logo

  • In his more recent works, the bravura use of visual effects has given way to a sparer style, with a strong use of shadow that adds a sense of mortality.

    Photo-Op: Bold Face

  • But this minimalism captivated me right from the even sparer instrumental opener.

    The xx: Switching Roles In Song

  • CHRISTGAU: We just heard a sparer version of "Sentimental Journey," the signature song whose big band rendition opens Doris Day's two-CD retrospective, "Golden Girl."

    Nellie McKay's Love Letter To Doris Day


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