Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being spare, lean, or thin; leanness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being lean or thin; leanness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The state or quality of being spare.
  • noun countable, rare The result or product of being spare.

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

  • noun the property of being scanty or scattered; lacking denseness
  • noun the property of having little body fat

Etymologies

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From spare +‎ -ness

Examples

  • I can see the shape of the wind on the water. [italics mine] Anyone who can write sentences like those italicised above, deceptively simple, or glancingly suggest that we're not so very different from those titmice, as well as set mood, scene, and theme with such spareness, is a seriously good writer.

    One of my tests

  • I can see the shape of the wind on the water. [italics mine] Anyone who can write sentences like those italicised above, deceptively simple, or glancingly suggest that we're not so very different from those titmice, as well as set mood, scene, and theme with such spareness, is a seriously good writer.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • RestaurantTHE MODERN: For a new dining room overlooking the sculpture garden of New York's Museum of Modern Art, the firm of Bentel & Bentel had to meet restaurateur Danny Meyer's seemingly irreconcilable demand for both "spareness" and "warmth."

    THE DESIGN DOZEN

  • He was rather undersized, as Chinese go, and the Chinese narrow shoulders and spareness of flesh were his.

    Chun Ah Chun

  • It has a clean, almost apothecary spareness, with lots of sharp angles and galvanized steel and slate.

    Old-Fashioned

  • It has a clean, almost apothecary spareness, with lots of sharp angles and galvanized steel and slate.

    Old-Fashioned

  • The spareness of the set contributes to this feeling of inertness.

    Howard Kissel: The Met's New Faust

  • And where some perfumers sought opulence, others pursued spareness and simplicity.

    Scents And Sensibility

  • The spareness of the set contributes to this feeling of inertness.

    Howard Kissel: The Met's New Faust

  • But Barbara Vine has a classy spareness to her writing, and an unerring instinct for the place where festering emotions turn pathological.

    Catching Up « Tales from the Reading Room

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