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.
in keeping for other or future use; in store; as, he has large quantities of wheat in reserve; he has evidence or arguments in reserve.
(Physiol.) Same as Supplemental air, under Supplemental.
Syn. -- Reservation; retention; limitation; backwardness; reservedness; coldness; restraint; shyness; coyness; modesty.