Definitions for sparse

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sparse*(adj.)spars•er, spars•est.

  1. thinly scattered or distributed; not thick or dense.

  2. scanty; meager.

* Syn: See scanty.

Origin of sparse:

1715–25; < L sparsus, ptp. of spargere to scatter, sparge



Princeton's WordNet

  1. sparse, thin(adj)

    not dense

    "a thin beard"; "trees were sparse"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sparse(adjective)ˈɑɑrs

    ≠ dense

    sparse patches of grass; a sparsely vegetated landscape; sparsely populated islands


  1. sparse(Adjective)

    Having widely spaced intervals.

  2. sparse(Adjective)

    Not dense; meager.

  3. Origin: From sparsus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sparse

    thinly scattered; set or planted here and there; not being dense or close together; as, a sparse population

  2. Sparse

    placed irregularly and distantly; scattered; -- applied to branches, leaves, peduncles, and the like

  3. Sparse(verb)

    to scatter; to disperse


  1. Sparse

    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.

Anagrams of sparse

  1. spares

  2. spaser

  3. parses

  4. spears, Spears

  5. passer

  6. repass

  7. aspers

  8. Spears

Translations for sparse

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


thinly scattered

sparse vegetation.

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