- The definition of saving is something that rescues or is a good value.
An example of saving is a fuel efficient car using less gas; a fuel saving car.
- Saving is defined as the act of someone or something that rescues or frees, or something set aside for later use.
- An example of a saving is one person rescuing another from drowing; the act of saving.
- An example of a saving is setting aside $100 each month for a vacation; a vacation saving.
- rescuing; preserving
- economizing or economical
- containing an exception; making a reservation: a saving clause
- the act of one that saves
- [often pl., with sing. v.] any reduction in expense, time, labor, etc.: a saving(s) of 10% is effected
- anything saved
- [pl.] sums of money saved
- Law a reservation; exception
- with due respect for: saving your presence
- with the exception of; except; save
- Rescue from harm, danger, or loss.
- Avoidance of excess expenditure; economy.
- A reduction in expenditure or cost.
- Something saved.
- a. savings Money saved: a bank account for savings.b. savings used with a sing. verb Usage Problem An amount of money saved: a rebate that yielded a savings of $50.
- Law An exception or reservation.
Usage Note: Traditionalists state that one should use the form a saving when referring to an amount of money that is saved. Indeed, that is the form English speakers outside of the United States normally use. In the United States the plural form a savings is widely used with a singular verb (as in A savings of $50 is most welcome ). The widespread use of this construction has steadily eroded resistance to it. In our 2005 survey, only 37 percent of the Usage Panel found this sentence unacceptable. This was a considerable decrease from earlier surveys. In 1988, 57 percent rejected a savings, and in 1967, 89 percent rejected it.
(countable and uncountable, plural savings)
- Present participle of save.
(comparative more saving, superlative most saving)
- (theology) That saves someone from damnation; redemptive. [from 14th c.]
- Preserving; rescuing.
- Thrifty; frugal. [from 15th c.]
- a saving cook
- Bringing back in returns or in receipts the sum expended; incurring no loss, though not gainful.
- a saving bargain
- The ship has made a saving voyage.
- Making reservation or exception.
- a saving clause
From save +"Ž -ing.