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SPA'RING, participle present tense

1. Using frugally; forbearing; omitting to punish or destroy.

2. adjective Scarce; little.

3. Scanty; not plentiful; not abundant; as a sparing diet.

4. Saving; parsimonious. Virgil being so very sparing of his words, and leaving so much to be imagined by the reader, can never be translated as he ought in amy modern tongue.