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1A holder or fitting in which the last of a candle may be burnt to the end, typically consisting of a small pan with a projecting spike on which to fix the candle. Now chiefly historical.
2A receptacle for collecting material which would otherwise be lost or wasted; specifically (in later use) an apparatus in a paper mill for recovering fibres from discharged water, and for clarifying the waste water for reuse.
3A stingy or parsimonious person; a miser. Compare "spend-all"English regional in later use.
4Nautical. A sail set beneath another sail, or between two other sails, to increase a ship's capacity to catch the wind. Now historical.
Designating a receptacle for collecting material which would otherwise be lost or wasted.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From save + all [noun].
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