Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French salver, from Late Latin salvare, from Latin salvus safe — more at safe
Date: 13th century
a. to deliver from sin
b. to rescue or deliver from danger or harm
c. to preserve or guard from injury, destruction, or loss
d. to store (data) in a computer or on a storage device (as a floppy disk or CD)
a. to put aside as a store or reserve ; accumulate <saving money for emergencies> b. to spend less by <save 25 percent> 3. a. to make unnecessary ; avoid <it saves an hour's driving> b. (1) to keep from being lost to an opponent (2) to prevent an opponent from scoring or winning 4. maintain, preserve <save appearances> intransitive verb 1. to rescue or deliver someone 2. a. to put aside money b. to avoid unnecessary waste or expense ; economize c. to spend less money <buy now and save> 3. to make a save Synonyms: see rescue • savable or saveable adjective • saver noun II. noun Date: 1890 1. a play that prevents an opponent from scoring or winning 2. the action of a relief pitcher in baseball in successfully protecting a team's lead; also official credit for a save III. preposition Etymology: Middle English sauf, from Anglo-French sauve, from sauf, adjective, safe — more at safe Date: 14th century other than ; but, except <no hope save one> IV. conjunction Date: 14th century 1. except for the fact that ; only — used with that <of his earlier years little is known, save that he studied violin — J. N. Burk> 2. but, except — used before a word often taken to be the subject of a clause <no one knows about it save she>
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.