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Meaning of reserve by Wiktionary Dictionary

reserve


    Pronunciation

    • Rhymes: -ɜː( r )v

    Noun

    reserve ( plural: reserves )

    1. The act of reserving, or keeping back; reservation; exception .
      I accept your view with one reserve .
    2. That which is reserved, or kept back, as for future use .
    3. A natural resource known to exist but not currently exploited .
      New oil reserves are continuously being discovered, but not as fast as the existing ones are running out .
    4. Restraint of freedom in words or actions; backwardness; caution in personal behavior .
    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. ( Canada ) A tract of land set apart for the use of an Aboriginal group; Indian reserve ( compare US reservation. )
    7. ( military ) A body of troops kept 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 .
    8. ( finance ) Funds kept on hand to meet planned or unplanned financial requirements .
    9. ( sports ) A member of a team who does not participate from the start of the game, but can be used to replace tired or injured team-mates .

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Explanation of reserve by Wordnet Dictionary

reserve


    Verb
    1. give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause

    2. obtain or arrange ( for oneself ) in advance

    3. We managed to reserve a table at Maxim's
    4. hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency

    5. arrange for and reserve ( something for someone else ) in advance

    6. reserve me a seat on a flight
    Noun
    1. the trait of being uncommunicative

    2. formality and propriety of manner

    3. armed forces that are not on active duty but can be called in an emergency

    4. a district that is reserved for particular purpose

    5. an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced

    6. something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose

    7. potential capacity to respond in order to maintain vital functions



    Definition of reserve by GCIDE Dictionary

    reserve


    1. Reserve ( r?-z?rv ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reserved. ( zrvd );p. pr. & vb. n. Reserving.] [F. réserver, L. reservare, reservatum; pref. re- re- + servare to keep. See Serve.]
      1. To keep back; to retain; not to deliver, make over, or disclose. “I have reserved to myself nothing.” Shak.

      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 reservation7. Gen. xxvii. 35. In cases where one person or party makes a request to an agent that some accommodation ( such as a hotel room or place at a restaurant ) be kept ( reserved ) for their use at a particular time, the word reserve applies both to the action of the person making the request, and to the action of the agent who takes the approproriate action ( such as a notation in a book of reservations ) to be certain that the accommodation is available at that time.

      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. [R.]

    2. Reserve, n. [F. réserve.]
      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. troops trained but released from active service, retained as a formal part of the military force, and liable to be recalled to active service in cases of national need ( see Army organization, above ).

      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; specif.: ( Banking ) Usually, the uninvested cash kept on hand for this purpose, called the real reserve. In Great Britain the ultimate real reserve is the gold kept on hand in the Bank of England, largely represented by the notes in hand in its own banking department; and any balance which a bank has with the Bank of England is a part of its reserve. In the United States the reserve of a national bank consists of the amount of lawful money it holds on hand against deposits, which is required by law ( in 1913 ) to be not less than 15 per cent ( U. S. Rev. Stat. secs. 5191, 5192 ), three fifths of which the banks not in a reserve city ( which see ) may keep deposited as balances in national banks that are in reserve cities ( U. S. Rev. Stat. sec. 5192 ). ( Life Insurance ) The amount of funds or assets
      necessary for a company to have at any given time to enable it, with interest and premiums paid as they shall accure, to meet all claims on the insurance then in force as they would mature according to the particular mortality table accepted. The reserve is always reckoned as a liability, and is calculated on net premiums. It is theoretically the difference between the present value of the total insurance and the present value of the future premiums on the insurance. The reserve, being an amount for which another company could, theoretically, afford to take over the insurance, is sometimes called the reinsurance fund or the self-insurance fund. For the first year upon any policy the net premium is called the initial reserve, and the balance left at the end of the year including interest is the terminal reserve. For subsequent years the initial reserve is the net premium, if any, plus the terminal reserve of the previous year. The portion of the reserve to be absorbed from the initial reserve in any year in
      payment of losses is sometimes called the insurance reserve, and the terminal reserve is then called the investment reserve.

      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.

    3. Resist, n.
      1. ( Calico Printing ) A substance used to prevent a color or mordant from fixing on those parts to which it has been applied, either by acting machanically in preventing the color, etc., from reaching the cloth, or chemically in changing the color so as to render it incapable of fixing itself in the fibers; -- also called reserve. The pastes prepared for this purpose are called resist pastes. F. C. Calvert.

      2. ( Technology ) Something that resists or prevents a certain action; specif.: A substance applied to a surface, as of metal, or of a silicon wafer, to prevent the action on it of acid, other chemical agents, or any other process such as irradiation or deposition, which would modify the surface if not protected. The resist is usually applied or in some way formed into a pattern so that the underlying surface may be modified in a complementary pattern.