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sparse

 (spärs)
adj. spars·er, spars·est
Occurring, growing, or settled at widely spaced intervals; not thick or dense.

[Latin sparsus, past participle of spargere, to scatter.]

sparse′ly adv.
sparse′ness, spar′si·ty (spär′sĭ-tē) n.

sparse

(spɑːs)
adj
scattered or scanty; not dense
[C18: from Latin sparsus, from spargere to scatter]
ˈsparsely adv
ˈsparseness, ˈsparsity n

sparse


(spärs),
adj. spars•er, spars•est.
1. thinly scattered or distributed; not thick or dense.
2. scanty; meager.
[1715–25; < Latin sparsus, past participle of spargere to scatter, sparge]
sparse′ly, adv.
sparse′ness, spar′si•ty, n.
syn: See scanty.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sparse - not dense; "a thin beard"; "trees were sparse"
distributed - spread out or scattered about or divided up

sparse

adjective scattered, scarce, meagre, sporadic, few and far between, scanty Many slopes are rock fields with sparse vegetation.
thick, lavish, dense, lush, plentiful, luxuriant, crowded, numerous

sparse

adjective
Conspicuously deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent:
Slang: measly.
Translations
مُتَفَرِّق، مُتَناثِر
řídký
sparsom
dreifîur, strjáll
retstrūcīgs

sparse

[spɑːs] ADJ (sparser (compar) (sparsest (superl))) (= thin) → escaso; (= dispersed) → disperso, esparcido; [hair] → ralo
sparse furnishingsmuebles mpl escasos
sparse populationpoca densidad f de población

sparse

[ˈspɑːrs] adj [vegetation, hair, population] → clairsemé(e); [traffic] → peu abondant(e); [resources, information] → épars(e)

sparse

adjspärlich; covering, vegetation alsodünn; hairdünn, schütter; furnishings, data, resourcesdürftig

sparse

[spɑːs] adj (-r (comp) (-st (superl))) (vegetation, hair) → rado/a; (population) → scarso/a

sparse

(spaːs) adjective
thinly scattered. sparse vegetation.
ˈsparsely adverb
ˈsparseness noun
References in classic literature ?
Her turban was twice as large as the largest of any of the others; her eyebrows met, her nose was rather flat, her mouth was large but with ruddy lips, and her teeth, of which at times she allowed a glimpse, were seen to be sparse and ill-set, though as white as peeled almonds.
On the following morning, the horses were turned loose at the peep of day; to slake their thirst, if possible, from the dew collected on the sparse grass, here and there springing up among dry sand-banks.
If D'Artagnan had been a poet, it was a beautiful spectacle: the immense strand of a league or more, the sea covers at high tide, and which, at the reflux, appears gray and desolate, strewed with polypi and seaweed, with pebbles sparse and white, like bones in some vast old cemetery.
His hair, now white and sparse, left uncovered a broad and protuberant skull, which gave a strong idea of his character and firmness.
The pen falters when it attempts to treat of the excellence thereof; the sober vocabulary, the sparse epithet of this narrative, are inadequate to the task; and pompous terms, jewelled, exotic phrases rise to the excited fancy.
Pepper raised his stick and silently indicated a shrub, bearing among sparse leaves a voluminous purple blossom; and at a rickety canter the last stage of the way was accomplished.
In this latter end of autumn, with a sparse remnant of yellow leaves falling slowly athwart the dark evergreens in a stillness without sunshine, the house too had an air of autumnal decline, and Mr.
The large towns, the sparse hamlets, the wide landscape of the Cevennes, are for his books what the Rhineland is to those delightful authors, Messrs.
The vegetation here was sparse and of a weird, colorless nature, though what did grow was wondrous in shape and form.
After a steep climb and a short walk they halted at the edge of a precipitous cliff and Schneider looked down into a narrow gulch where a single tree grew beside a tiny rivulet and sparse grass broke from a rock-strewn soil.
The Sto-lu men show a sparse beard, the Band-lu none; and there is little hair upon the bodies of their women.
Old Marrow-Bone even had a bit of sparse and straggly white beard that seemed identical with the whiskers of the old man.