Reserve

Definition of Reserve

Re`serve´   Pronunciation: r?-z?rv´
v. t.1.To keep back; to retain; not to deliver, make over, or disclose.
[imp. & p. p. Reserved. (z rvd");p. pr. & vb. n. Reserving.]
2.Hence, to keep in store for future or special use; to withhold from present use for another purpose or time; to keep; to retain; to make a reservation{7}.
Hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the time of trouble?
- Job xxxviii. 22,23.
Reserve your kind looks and language for private hours.
- Swift.
3.To make an exception of; to except.
n.1.The act of reserving, or keeping back; reservation.
However any one may concur in the general scheme, it is still with certain reserves and deviations.
- Addison.
2.That which is reserved, or kept back, as for future use.
The virgins, besides the oil in their lamps, carried likewise a reserve in some other vessel for a continual supply.
- Tillotson.
3.That which is excepted; exception.
Each has some darling lust, which pleads for a reserve.
- Rogers.
4.Restraint of freedom in words or actions; backwardness; caution in personal behavior.
My soul, surprised, and from her sex disjoined,
Left all reserve, and all the sex, behind.
- Prior.
The clergyman's shy and sensitive reserve had balked this scheme.
- Hawthorne.
5.A tract of land reserved, or set apart, for a particular purpose; as, the Connecticut Reserve in Ohio, originally set apart for the school fund of Connecticut; the Clergy Reserves in Canada, for the support of the clergy.
6.(Mil.) A body of troops in the rear of an army drawn up for battle, reserved to support the other lines as occasion may require; a force or body of troops kept for an exigency.
7.(Banking) Funds kept on hand to meet liabilities.
8.(Finance) That part of the assets of a bank or other financial institution specially kept in cash in a more or less liquid form as a reasonable provision for meeting all demands which may be made upon it;
9.In exhibitions, a distinction which indicates that the recipient will get a prize if another should be disqualified.
10.(Calico Printing) A resist.
11.A preparation used on an object being electroplated to fix the limits of the deposit.

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