Sparseness

sparse

[spahrs]
adjective, sparser, sparsest.
1.
thinly scattered or distributed: a sparse population.
2.
not thick or dense; thin: sparse hair.
3.
scanty; meager.

Origin:
1715–25; < Latin sparsus, past participle of spargere to scatter, sparge

sparsely, adverb
sparseness, sparsity [spahr-si-tee] , noun
unsparse, adjective
unsparsely, adverb
unsparseness, noun


1–3. See scanty.


1–3. abundant.
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sparse (spɑːs)
 
adj
scattered or scanty; not dense
 
[C18: from Latin sparsus, from spargere to scatter]
 
'sparsely
 
adv
 
'sparseness
 
n
 
'sparsity
 
n

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sparse
1727, from L. sparsus "scattered," pp. of spargere "to scatter, spread," from PIE base *(s)pregh- "to jerk, scatter" (cf. Skt. parjanya- "rain, rain god," Avestan fra-sparega "branch, twig," lit. "that which is jerked off a tree," O.N. freknur "freckles," Swed. dial. sprygg "brisk, active," Lith. sprogti
"shoot, bud," O.Ir. arg "a drop").
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