from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state or quality of being sparse.
- n. The result or product of being sparse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being sparse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being sparse; scattered condition; wide separation: as, sparseness of population.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the property of being scanty or scattered; lacking denseness
Ever since Böll, I miss reading such wry sparseness in a novel.
It was about five years ago, but the book really stuck in my mind: the brutal murder of a young soldier; the sparseness of the prose; the violent, vivid heat.
The more color-saturated imagery is more pretty than gritty, the violence more spectacular, the sparseness of the original dialogue exaggerated beyond dry into stiff.
This space takes natural light and mutes it with cool colors, smooth edges and studied sparseness.
To make the numbers easier to deal with (i.e. 1) I inverted the definition so L-density becomes the ratio of the number of characters to the number of Ls. (Technically, I suppose it should be called L-sparseness, but that sounds ugly.)
Her short stories have the sparseness and impact of Raymond Carver or Haruki Murakami; simple words forming neat sentences that pack a great emotional punch.
Sharon's bass and breathily intoned vocals are often the crux of a song, and sparseness and restraint always the watchwords, with even guest Johnny Marr reining himself in so his guitar sinuously entwines with the bass and synth lines on Can't Put it Down Until it Ends.
The brevity and sparseness allow us to have moments of quiet contemplation, as Mr. Selway had.
Yet with a sparseness of federal and state regulations for these industrial wind farms, government is not judiciously defending the public good.
Combining a sparseness of scenery with minimalism of camerawork and dialogue the protagonist does not speak English, and much of her Japanese is not subtitled, the film manages to evoke a very strong sense of style with nothing more than the simple tools at Ott’s disposal.
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