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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Occurring, growing, or settled at widely spaced intervals; not thick or dense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having widely spaced intervals.
  • adj. Not dense; meager.
  • v. To scatter; to disperse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Thinly scattered; set or planted here and there; not being dense or close together.
  • adj. Placed irregularly and distantly; scattered; -- applied to branches, leaves, peduncles, and the like.
  • transitive v. To scatter; to disperse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Thinly scattered; dispersed round about; existing at considerable intervals; as used of population or the like, not dense.
  • In botany, scattered; placed distantly or irregularly without any apparent or regular order: applied to branches, leaves, peduncles, etc.
  • In zoology, spare or remote, as spots or other markings: scattered irregularly; few or scanty, as hairs or other appendages.
  • To disperse; scatter.

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

  • adj. not dense


Latin sparsus, past participle of spargere, to scatter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sparsus. (Wiktionary)



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  • From the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. pg.148
    "To my left and back,sparse piney woods."

    November 29, 2010