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"a thin beard"; "trees were sparse"
Having widely spaced intervals.
Not dense; meager.
Origin: From sparsus.
thinly scattered; set or planted here and there; not being dense or close together; as, a sparse population
placed irregularly and distantly; scattered; -- applied to branches, leaves, peduncles, and the like
to scatter; to disperse
Origin: [L. sparsus, p. p. of spargere to strew, scatter. Cf. Asperse, Disperse.]
Sparse is a computer software tool designed to find possible coding faults in the Linux kernel. Unlike other such tools, this static analysis tool was initially designed to only flag constructs that were likely to be of interest to kernel developers, such as the mixing of pointers to user and kernel address spaces. Sparse checks for known problems and allows the developer to include annotations in the code that convey information about data types, such as the address space that pointers point to and the locks that a function acquires or releases. Linus Torvalds started writing Sparse in 2003. Josh Triplett was its maintainer from 2006, a role taken over by Christopher Li in 2009. Sparse is released under the Open Software License, version 1.1.
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