Pronunciation: (sā'ving),[key] —adj. 1. tending or serving to save; rescuing; preserving.
2. compensating; redeeming: a saving sense of humor. 3. thrifty; economical: a saving housekeeper. 4. making a reservation: a saving clause.
—n. 1. a reduction or lessening of expenditure or outlay: a saving of 10 percent. 2. something that is saved.
3. savings,sums of money saved by economy and laid away.
4. Law.a reservation or exception.
—prep. 1. except: Nothing remains saving these ruins. 2. with all due respect to or for: saving your presence.