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Wordnet 3.0


1. not dense;
- Example: "a thin beard"
- Example: "trees were sparse"
[syn: sparse, thin]

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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sparse \Sparse\, a. [Compar. Sparser; superl. Sparsest.] [L. sparsus, p. p. of spargere to strew, scatter. Cf. Asperse, Disperse.] 1. Thinly scattered; set or planted here and there; not being dense or close together; as, a sparse population. --Carlyle. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Placed irregularly and distantly; scattered; -- applied to branches, leaves, peduncles, and the like. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sparse \Sparse\, v. t. [L. sparsus, p. p. of spargere to scatter.] To scatter; to disperse. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

sparse adj 1: not dense; "a thin beard"; "trees were sparse" [syn: sparse, thin]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

64 Moby Thesaurus words for "sparse": almost unheard-of, at a premium, broadcast, cheeseparing, chinchy, chintzy, diffuse, discrete, dispersed, dispread, disseminated, dissipated, distributed, exiguous, in short supply, inappreciable, infrequent, insignificant, limited, little, meager, miserly, niggardly, not much, occasional, out of print, out of season, out of stock, piddling, poor, rare, scant, scanty, scarce, scattered, scrimp, scrimping, scrimpy, seldom met with, seldom seen, skimp, skimping, skimpy, slim, slow, spare, sparing, sporadic, spotty, spread, spread out, sprinkled, stingy, straggling, straggly, strewn, strown, thin, tight, uncommon, unfrequent, unique, unusual, widespread
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

sparse A sparse matrix (or vector, or array) is one in which most of the elements are zero. If storage space is more important than access speed, it may be preferable to store a sparse matrix as a list of (index, value) pairs or use some kind of hash scheme or associative memory. (1995-01-16)