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Definition not dense; or few in number and spread out
  • Trees are sparse in that region.
sparse = not dense; or few in number and spread out
  • The area is sparsely populated.
  • a sparse matrix
  • Oliver was stretched out on the far end of the porch ... his fur sparse and gray with age.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • sparse = not dense (thinning)
  • She went to a small shabby desk, which was a part of the sparse and colorless equipment of the room.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • sparse = not dense
  • He found the tiny thorny plants that grew sparsely there, the only things that grew now.
    David Almond  --  Kit's Wilderness
  • sparsely = in a manner where there are few and they are spread out
  • The country was new and sparsely settled.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • sparsely = in a manner that is not dense (where there are few people and they are spread out over a wide area)
  • The house is sparsely furnished, and although there is evidence of a woman's touch, there is a lack of warmth and vigor.
    August Wilson  --  The Piano Lesson
  • sparsely = in a manner that is not dense or is few in number
  • The leaves were sparse and shriveled, dying for air, and they had a coat of white pesticide dust and exhaust fumes so thick you could smear your hands on the leaves and rub fingerprints with them.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • sparse = not dense; or few in number
  • Old Marrow-Bone even had a bit of sparse and straggly white beard that seemed identical with the whiskers of the old man.
    London, Jack  --  Before Adam
  • The vegetation here was sparse and of a weird, colorless nature, though what did grow was wondrous in shape and form.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  Pellucidar
  • Not more than fifty, thatched with a sparse growth of iron-gray hair, he looked several times the age of Dowsett.
    London, Jack  --  Burning Daylight
  • His hair, sparse and unkempt of growth, was as indeterminate and colorless as his complexion.
    London, Jack  --  Moon-Face and Other Stories
  • He could see just the roof of Jen's house beyond the sparse line of trees.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • The flowers were sparser.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • It had a note from him pinned to part of its sparse instrument panel.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • One touched him on the shoulder—an old, old man with sparse white stubble and tiny, close-set eyes—and called him by his name.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • I turn and vomit into a sparse bush.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • "This is sparse country," she said.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The back exits need to be as sparsely guarded as possible.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend

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