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sparse

[spahrs] /spɑrs/
adjective, sparser, sparsest.
1.
thinly scattered or distributed:
a sparse population.
2.
not thick or dense; thin:
sparse hair.
3.
scanty; meager.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < Latin sparsus, past participle of spargere to scatter, sparge
Related forms
sparsely, adverb
sparseness, sparsity
[spahr-si-tee] /ˈspɑr sɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
unsparse, adjective
unsparsely, adverb
unsparseness, noun
Synonyms
1–3. See scanty.
Antonyms
1–3. abundant.
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British Dictionary definitions for unsparse

sparse

/spɑːs/
adjective
1.
scattered or scanty; not dense
Derived Forms
sparsely, adverb
sparseness, sparsity, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin sparsus, from spargere to scatter
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Word Origin and History for unsparse

sparse

adj.

1727, from Latin sparsus "scattered," past participle of spargere "to scatter, spread," from PIE root *(s)pregh- "to jerk, scatter" (cf. Sanskrit parjanya- "rain, rain god," Avestan fra-sparega "branch, twig," literally "that which is jerked off a tree," Old Norse freknur "freckles," Swedish dialectal sprygg "brisk, active," Lithuanian sprogti "shoot, bud," Old Irish arg "a drop").

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