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spare time


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spare time time that is free from duties or responsibilities
    • n spare time time available for hobbies and other activities that you enjoy
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Spare minutes are the Gold-dust of time; the portions of life most fruitful in good and evil; the gaps through which temptations enter.”
  • Marian Wright Edelman
    Marian Wright Edelman
    “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Time is like money, the less we have of it to spare the further we make it go.”


In literature:

I've no spare play time.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
Time has dealt kindly in sparing a variety of specimens, so as to give to that restoration a kaleidoscopic character.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 75, January, 1864" by Various
But of late Monsieur Sinfray had had too much important business on hand to spare time for such delights.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
Every minute of my spare time I'm going to put in around this office.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
The Priestess visited her many times throughout the day when she could spare the time from her duties in the Temple.
"Within the Temple of Isis" by Belle M. Wagner
There was so little time to spare that I must needs begin without preliminary.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
You can live at home and work in spare time only, or all the time.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 6" by Various
There he spent his spare time attending evening classes.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Neither time, means nor effort were spared that I might be free from pain.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
You haven't no time to spare.
"News from the Duchy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Then he showed me the new bunk-house for the men, which Olie is finishing in his spare time.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
Why, it seems as if you New York men actually struggle to get spare time.
"Homeburg Memories" by George Helgesen Fitch
He had taken immense pains and trouble, and had not spared time.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
I'm willing to use part of my spare time to help the good work along.
"Grace Harlowe's Third Year at Overton College" by Jessie Graham Flower
Now which of you girls would like to be Dreda's coach, and spare her a little time when it is needed?
"Etheldreda the Ready" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Were we gifted with clairvoyance, it might at times spare us much misery, thought at other times it would make it.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Spenser made his reputation in his spare time while Secretary to the Lord Deputy of Ireland.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
And there it was, the result of a month's spare time and labour, and I drew back to contemplate this effort of genius.
"Nat the Naturalist" by G. Manville Fenn
He made an estimate of the time he had to spare.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
You have not much time to spare.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke

In poetry:

Why mourn that we, the favored few
Whom grasping Time so long has spared
Life's sweet illusions to pursue,
The common lot of age have shared?
"After The Curfew" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"He loved his friends, forgave his foes;
And, if his words were harsh at times,
He spared his fellow-men,--his blows
Fell only on their crimes.
"My Namesake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Spared by the furies, for the Fates were kind,
I paced the pillared cloisters of the mind;
All times my present, everywhere my place,
Nor fear, nor hope, nor envy saw my face.
"The Poet's Testament" by George Santayana
Time spares the germs that subtle genius needs;
Forth from the blue of distance they are sent;
And poor indeed is he who never heeds
What precious hints fall from the firmament.
"To A Realist" by Maurice Thompson
"For all thy blessings thankfulness to wake,
Think of less cultur'd lands, less peaceful times;
Our coarsest fare, when sparingly we take,
'Tis luxury, compar'd with other climes.
"Love's Triumph" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
Death, be not so severe, let me obtain
A little longer time to live and reign!
Fain would I stay if thou my life will spare;
I have a daughter beautiful and fair,
I'd live to see her wed whom I adore:
Grant me but this and I will ask no more.
"The Messenger Of Mortality. or Life And Death Contrasted In A Dialogue Betwixt Death And A Lady" by Anonymous British

In news:

Amy 's spare time usually involves spending time with family and friends, dining out, seeing shows, exercising, and participating in her kids' various activities.
In his spare time, he worked on his own art .
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. A 15–year–old boy from Grand Junction is spending his spare time recreating a piece of World War I history.
In tight times, City Councilors make sure to spare Wal-Mart and friends.
The players are spending a lot of their spare time reaching out to the community in hopes that they will make a significant difference in someone's life.
A former Las Vegas daycare center owner has pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under a plea agreement with prosecutors that spares him prison time.
Yet, as a New York Times article reported, these students were spared from being deported.
Carol Johnson-Green used to be able to get her family ready and out the door–with time to spare.
Once again, it's that magical time of year when we spend our spare time stalking Santa.
Learn to use spare time to think and re-energize.
0Detroit Lions Wide Receiver Nate Hughes has been studying medicine in his spare time in hopes to make a difference some day.
List" for no reason in particular, other than a self-affirming display of "how I spent my spare time this year".
Here's hoping Troy Brouwer, one of the Capitals' primary offseason pickups, spares Alex Ovechkin from having to be Wyatt Earp all the time.
It's an independent country tinier than Rhode Island, the smallest US state, and it would fit inside Germany, its neighbor to the east, 138 times with room to spare.
Among major air carriers, over 84 percent of flights are reaching their destinations on time or with time to spare.

In science:

In his spare time, Brian enjoys playing with his cat Cleopatra, drinking wine, listening to music, cooking, playing his guitar, reading poetry, visiting with friends, and sleeping.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Replacing the cartridge costs several thousand dollars and can cause considerable down time if a spare is not on hand.
An LED-based Flasher System for VERITAS
During a typical CFHT queue run, we would identify ∼3-4 high priority cluster SN Ia candidates, which could be easily followed up with a night of 6m-class spectroscopy, with time to spare for other transient spectroscopy.
The Multi-Epoch Nearby Cluster Survey: type Ia supernova rate measurement in z~0.1 clusters and the late-time delay time distribution
This spares computation time and avoids a potential loss of precision relative to the successive pro jections of the numerical solutions on new meshes.
The camera method, or how to track numerically a deformable particle moving in a fluid network
However, as we have previously had a bad experience in upgrading the firmware of a spare module (making the module unusable without return to the company), and the time it would take to repeat all necessary testing, we will not upgrade for 2008 operation.
Characterisation of the VELO High Voltage System
For example, a method may produce plans that provide better tumor coverage 50% of the time and better OAR sparing 50% of the time.
When is Better Best? A multiobjective perspective