What does the word saving mean?

Usage examples for saving

  1. We want to save our lives, and we don't mind saving yours at the same time." – Alias The Lone Wolf by Louis Joseph Vance
  2. But a saving second thought held him where he was. – The Heart of the Range by William Patterson White
  3. Then it was the King's turn to look sad, and at last he said: 'I see no way of saving our sons except by having Rosette's head cut off while she is still little. – The Red Fairy Book by Various