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
The climber, notable for his sparse lifestyle and surly nature, was also a prolific author of climbing guides and mountain books.
When Kim Nguyen opened Magasin Cafe in 2012, Vietnamese restaurants were sparse on the east bank of the river.
A map of Catalan borders and cities in some bygone time hung in an otherwise empty corner of the sparse office.
In the sparse deal environment, bankers and advisers have been forced to compete for assignments that they may not have considered in a busier cycle, and the more enticing roles are attracting large numbers of pitches.
The sparse crowd of Mets fans behind the visiting team’s dugout stood and applauded.
And for all her bountiful athletic prowess and intellect, communication and diplomacy are sparse.
The new site, which opened at 1200 Ballpark Way with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 13, is a centrally important dot on the sparse Tesla Supercharger refueling map.
At Disneyland, heavy rains poured as a flash flood warning was issued as the sparse number of guests hid under the monorail.
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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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