sparse

[ spahrs ]
/ spɑrs /

adjective, spars·er, spars·est.

thinly scattered or distributed: a sparse population.
not thick or dense; thin: sparse hair.
scanty; meager.

Origin of sparse

1715–25; < Latin sparsus, past participle of spargere to scatter, sparge
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British Dictionary definitions for sparsely

sparse

/ (spɑːs) /

adjective

scattered or scanty; not dense
Derived Formssparsely, adverbsparseness or sparsity, noun

Word Origin for sparse

C18: from Latin sparsus, from spargere to scatter
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