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Meaning of sparse by Wiktionary Dictionary

sparse


    Etymology

    From Latin sparsus .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /spɑːs/, X-SAMPA: /spA:s/
    • ( US ) IPA: /spɑːɹs/, X-SAMPA: /spA:rs/

    Adjective

    sparse ( comparative sparser, superlative sparsest )

    1. Having widely spaced intervals .
    2. Not dense; meager .

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Explanation of sparse by Wordnet Dictionary

sparse


    Adjective
    1. not dense

    2. trees were sparse


    Definition of sparse by GCIDE Dictionary

    sparse


    1. Sparse a. [Compar. Sparser ; superl. Sparsest.] [L. sparsus, p. p. of spargere to strew, scatter. Cf. Asperse, Disperse.]
      1. Thinly scattered; set or planted here and there; not being dense or close together; as, “a sparse population”. Carlyle.

      2. ( Bot. ) Placed irregularly and distantly; scattered; -- applied to branches, leaves, peduncles, and the like.

    2. Sparse, v. t. [L. sparsus, p. p. of spargere to scatter.] To scatter; to disperse. [Obs.] Spenser.