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
At Disneyland, heavy rains poured as a flash flood warning was issued as the sparse number of guests hid under the monorail.
The game was played before a sparse crowd, befitting of two teams having little on the line and two franchises enduring lengthy stretches of futility.
Mr. Trump’s comments about banks have been sparse and at times contradictory.
His version is sparse and haunting, with Stipe accompanied only by a piano.
Near ArtBeam and and Cedar Lake in Chelsea Anthom Stark white walls, sparse decor, and vibrant objects all laid out in an impeccable display.
While there’s been plenty of research on PTSD in veterans, literature on postpartum PTSD is sparse; doctors only began researching the disorder around 2006.
Days into 2014, the evidence of an influx is sparse.
For the Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons, their music has been a sparse affair: a fiddle, a banjo, and vocals.
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Origin and Etymology of sparse
Latin sparsus spread out, from past participle of spargere to scatter — more at spark
First Known Use: 1753
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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