Definition of sparse
: of few and scattered elements; especially : not thickly grown or settled
sparsityplay \ˈspär-sə-tē, -stē\ noun
Examples of sparse in a Sentence
open land is sparse around here
Recent Examples of sparse from the Web
By the time the core was big enough to gather a significant atmosphere, the makings of such would be sparse.
Since some of the characters die before intermission (spoiler alert — the musical's based on a Shakespeare tragedy), that makes for a fairly sparse second act.
But for most of the afternoons, crowds were sparse even though there were a few carnival rides and games.
The needs are many and the available funding sparse.
Touted as an exotic festival with the promise of supermodels, haute cuisine, and wall-to-wall excess, guests instead arrived to a lack of facilities, sparse lighting, inadequate housing, and lots of cheese sandwiches.
A shaded patio sits at the edge of the sparse indoor dining space and is my preferred place to sit when the weather permits.
At least the sparse set and monochrome costume designs of Simon Banham are ideal for this icy opera.
Details are sparse at this time, but that's not stopping Beyoncé's seismic fan base from freaking out.
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Synonym Discussion of sparse
SPARSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sparse for English Language Learners
: present only in small amounts : less than necessary or normal; especially : thinly covering an area : not thick or full
SPARSE Defined for Kids
Definition of sparse for Students
: not thickly grown or settled a sparse beard
sparselyadverb a sparsely populated village
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