What does sparse mean?

Definitions for sparse

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sparse.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sparse, thin(adj)

    not dense

    "a thin beard"; "trees were sparse"


  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

  4. Origin: [L. sparsus, p. p. of spargere to strew, scatter. Cf. Asperse, 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sparse

    spärs, adj. thinly scattered: scanty.—adv. Sparse′ly.—n. Sparse′ness.—adj. Spar′sile.—n. Spar′sity. [L. sparsum, pa.p. of spargĕre, to scatter; Gr. speirein, to sow.]

Anagrams for sparse »

  1. spares

  2. spaser

  3. parses

  4. spears, Spears

  5. passer

  6. repass

  7. aspers

  8. Spears


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sparse in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sparse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kendra Viner:

    It just gets more and more sparse.

  2. Ramtha:

    If I could take all your words away and give you but a sparse few, they would be: 'I now know, I am absolute, I am complete, I am God, I am.' If there were no other words but these, you would no longer be limited to this plane.

Images & Illustrations of sparse

  1. sparsesparsesparse

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