from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Insufficiency of amount or supply; shortage.
- noun Rarity of appearance or occurrence.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Sparingness; parsimony; niggardliness; stinginess.
- noun The state or condition of being scarce; smallness of quantity or number, or smallness in proportion to the wants or demands; absolutely, deficiency of things necessary to the subsistence of man; dearth; want; famine.
- noun Synonyms Scarcity, Dearth, Famine. Scarcity of the necessities of life is not so severe as dearth, nor dearth so severe as famine. Primarily, dearth is a scarcity that is felt in high prices, and famine such scarcity that people have to go hungry; but both are generally stronger than their derivation would suggest, famine often standing for extreme difficulty in getting anything whatever to support life.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun uncountable the condition of something being
- noun countable an
inadequate amountof something; a shortage
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a small and inadequate amount
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