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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.
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sparse

(spɑːs)
adj
scattered or scanty; not dense
[C18: from Latin sparsus, from spargere to scatter]
ˈsparsely adv
ˈsparseness, ˈsparsity n
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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sparse - not dense; "a thin beard"; "trees were sparse"
distributed - spread out or scattered about or divided up
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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
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sparse

adjective
Conspicuously deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent:
Slang: measly.
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

sparse

[ˈspɑːrs] adj [vegetation, hair, population] → clairsemé(e); [traffic] → peu abondant(e); [resources, information] → épars(e)
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

sparse

adjspärlich; covering, vegetation alsodünn; hairdünn, schütter; furnishings, data, resourcesdürftig
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

sparse

[spɑːs] adj (-r (comp) (-st (superl))) (vegetation, hair) → rado/a; (population) → scarso/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

sparse

(spaːs) adjective
thinly scattered. sparse vegetation.
ˈsparsely adverb
ˈsparseness noun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
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Planting elements radiate out from a dense core (historically the densely cultivated fertile ground used for vegetable growing) to a sparser area on the upper slopes (usually given over to grazing).
Its fur is coarser than other species of brown bear but also sparser, and the color varies from straw to a gray-brown.
ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS - SWANLIGHTS THIS is the fourth album from Mercury Prize winner Antony Hegarty and his collaborators and, though it seems impossible, it offers an even sparser, more delicate and mysterious sound than before.
With the abundance of discount offerings downtown and even in midtown, drawing tenants out to the far West Side, where transportation infrastructure is less robust and neighborhood amenities such as restaurants sparser than more central areas of Manhattan, has been a tough sell.
We shall analyse the dataset with high resolution "as it is" and its sparser modifications, and compare the results in the scope of the characteristics, describing the dynamic behaviour of the irradiance.
But the number of top leaders is sparser than in years past.Aa
Of particular interest are the reasons for Petry's sparser writing in the last half of her life, echoing similar silences of two other black women writers roughly of her generation, Nella Larsen and Dorothy West.
While a few of the numbers here almost scream of over-arrangement, the sparser, more acoustic songs, such as "To The One I Love" and "Meet You in the Middle," have the type of vocal honesty and rawness found on her 2002 album of soul covers, How Sweet it Is.
As local authorities throughout Wales switch off street lights - and I don't mean the sparser than usual festive illuminations - so they can afford to collect the bins once a fortnight, the office parties will of course still be in full swing in the corridors of power in Cardiff and London.
For children, CAM data are even sparser. As all pediatricians know, kids are not little adults.
Now the marketing spend is sparser, more efficient, and more defused.