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NOUN (3)

1. an act of economizing; reduction in cost;
- Example: "it was a small economy to walk to work every day"
- Example: "there was a saving of 50 cents"
[syn: economy, saving]

2. recovery or preservation from loss or danger;
- Example: "work is the deliverance of mankind"
- Example: "a surgeon's job is the saving of lives"
[syn: rescue, deliverance, delivery, saving]

3. the activity of protecting something from loss or danger;
[syn: preservation, saving]


ADJECTIVE (2)

1. bringing about salvation or redemption from sin;
- Example: "saving faith"
- Example: "redemptive (or redeeming) love"
[syn: redemptive, redeeming(a), saving(a)]

2. characterized by thriftiness;
- Example: "wealthy by inheritance but saving by constitution"- Ellen Glasgow


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Save \Save\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Saved; p. pr. & vb. n. Saving.] [OE. saven, sauven, salven, OF. salver, sauver, F. sauver, L. salvare, fr. salvus saved, safe. See Safe, a.] 1. To make safe; to procure the safety of; to preserve from injury, destruction, or evil of any kind; to rescue from impending danger; as, to save a house from the flames. [1913 Webster] God save all this fair company. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] He cried, saying, Lord, save me. --Matt. xiv. 30. [1913 Webster] Thou hast . . . quitted all to save A world from utter loss. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Theol.) Specifically, to deliver from sin and its penalty; to rescue from a state of condemnation and spiritual death, and bring into a state of spiritual life. [1913 Webster] Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. --1 Tim. i. 15. [1913 Webster] 3. To keep from being spent or lost; to secure from waste or expenditure; to lay up; to reserve. [1913 Webster] Now save a nation, and now save a groat. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 4. To rescue from something undesirable or hurtful; to prevent from doing something; to spare. [1913 Webster] I'll save you That labor, sir. All's now done. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. To hinder from doing, suffering, or happening; to obviate the necessity of; to prevent; to spare. [1913 Webster] Will you not speak to save a lady's blush? --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 6. To hold possession or use of; to escape loss of. [1913 Webster] Just saving the tide, and putting in a stock of merit. --Swift. [1913 Webster] To save appearances, to preserve a decent outside; to avoid exposure of a discreditable state of things. [1913 Webster] Syn: To preserve; rescue; deliver; protect; spare; reserve; prevent. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Saving \Sav"ing\ (s[=a]v"[i^]ng), prep. or conj.; but properly a participle. With the exception of; except; excepting; also, without disrespect to. "Saving your reverence." --Shak. "Saving your presence." --Burns. [1913 Webster] None of us put off our clothes, saving that every one put them off for washing. --Neh. iv. 23. [1913 Webster] And in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. --Rev. ii. 17. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Saving \Sav"ing\, a. 1. Preserving; rescuing. [1913 Webster] He is the saving strength of his anointed. --Ps. xxviii. 8. [1913 Webster] 2. Avoiding unnecessary expense or waste; frugal; not lavish or wasteful; economical; as, a saving cook. [1913 Webster] 3. Bringing back in returns or in receipts the sum expended; incurring no loss, though not gainful; as, a saving bargain; the ship has made a saving voyage. [1913 Webster] 4. Making reservation or exception; as, a saving clause. [1913 Webster] Note: Saving is often used with a noun to form a compound adjective; as, labor-saving, life-saving, etc. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Saving \Sav"ing\, n. 1. Something kept from being expended or lost; that which is saved or laid up; as, the savings of years of economy. [1913 Webster] 2. Exception; reservation. [1913 Webster] Contend not with those that are too strong for us, but still with a saving to honesty. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster] Savings bank, a bank in which savings or earnings are deposited and put at interest. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

saving adj 1: bringing about salvation or redemption from sin; "saving faith"; "redemptive (or redeeming) love" [syn: redemptive, redeeming(a), saving(a)] 2: characterized by thriftiness; "wealthy by inheritance but saving by constitution"- Ellen Glasgow n 1: an act of economizing; reduction in cost; "it was a small economy to walk to work every day"; "there was a saving of 50 cents" [syn: economy, saving] 2: recovery or preservation from loss or danger; "work is the deliverance of mankind"; "a surgeon's job is the saving of lives" [syn: rescue, deliverance, delivery, saving] 3: the activity of protecting something from loss or danger [syn: preservation, saving]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

126 Moby Thesaurus words for "saving": Scotch, aside from, bar, barring, beside, besides, but, cache, canny, careful, chary, cheeseparing, compensating, compensatory, conservancy, conservation, conservational, conservationism, conservationist, conservative, conservatory, conserving, cooling, cooling down, cooling off, curtailment, cutback, deliverance, delivery, economic, economical, economization, economizing, economy, environmental conservation, ex, except, except for, excepting, excluding, exclusive of, excusing the liberty, extenuating, extenuatory, extrication, forehanded, forest conservation, forest management, freeing, frugal, frugality, hoard, in deference to, keeping, labor-saving, leaving out, let alone, liberation, lifesaving, low growth rate, maintenance, money-saving, nest egg, omitting, outside of, parsimonious, penny-wise, precluding, preserval, preservation, preservative, preservatory, preserving, protection, protective, providence, provident, prudence, prudent, prudential, qualifying, ransom, recovery, redeeming, redemption, redemptional, redemptive, reduction of expenses, reduction of spending, release, rescue, reserve, resources, retrenchment, retrieval, safekeeping, salvage, salvation, save, save and except, saving your reverence, savings, scraping, scrimping, skimping, slowdown, soil conservation, spare, sparing, sparingness, stream conservation, support, than, thrift, thrifty, time-saving, unless, unwasteful, upkeep, wary, water conservation, wetlands conservation, wildlife conservation, with all respect, with due respect, without