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  • adv. In a scattered or sparse manner; scantily; widely apart; thinly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a scattered or sparse manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a scattered or sparse manner; scantily; widely apart, as regards population, etc.; thinly.
  • In botany and zoology, so as to be sparse, thin, few, or scanty; sparely or sparingly. See sparse, a., 2, 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a sparse manner

Etymologies

sparse +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Because of their small numbers - a few hundred - and their remoteness in sparsely inhabited fringes of the Sahara, the far-flung combatants were long regarded as a less potent threat than the main al-Qaeda units inside Algeria, and far less worrisome than Pakistan - and Afghanistan-based militants more directly tied to bin Laden.

    'Emir of the south' Abu Zeid poised to take over al-Qaeda in NW Africa

  • I think that one of the reasons why sex workers typically live at brothels while they work there is because they are way out in sparsely populated areas, so people come in from other places to work.

    Legalizing Las Vegas Brothels « Bound, Not Gagged

  • They are located throughout the state, some in sparsely populated areas — to connect them with a single meandering high speed line would be stupid (let me hasten to say that DTM does not propose this — the rail service DTM proposes serves only select parts of the state, I suppose).

    Matthew Yglesias » Runway Pricing

  • Ask yourself, If it is politically impossible to build wind machines on unfarmable land in sparsely populated rural Kansas, how will we be able to build nuclear power plants anywhere? or coal to gasoline plants, or liquid natural gas plants?

    Energy Price Outlook, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • He discussions certain sparsely settled areas (the Highlands of Scotland, for example) as requiring less division of labor than more densely settled areas, and argues that this will slow down the development of manufacture, which makes a great deal of sense.

    A Bland and Deadly Courtesy

  • More than 2,000 debris fields, as well as human remains, were found in sparsely populated areas southeast of Dallas from Nacogdoches in East Texas, where a lot of debris fell, to western Louisiana and the southwestern counties of Arkansas.

    Think Progress » Flight 93 remembered.

  • And they've had the most success in sparsely-populated areas.

    September 9th, 2006

  • The craft would hit an altitude of about 325,000 feet — or almost 62 miles — before descending and restarting its engine for a "precision vertical powered landing on the landing pad" in sparsely populated Culberson County, about 125 miles east of El Paso.

    Boing Boing: July 23, 2006 - July 29, 2006 Archives

  • Many of our students plan to practice in sparsely populated areas where there aren't many lawyers.

    Archive 2005-09-01

  • Chinese units were usually located in sparsely populated areas to avoid conflicts.

    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE REPORT

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