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sparse

adjective uk   /spɑːs/  us   /spɑːrs/
small in numbers or amount, often spread over a large area: a sparse population/audience sparse vegetation/woodland a sparse beard Information coming out of the disaster area is sparse.
sparsely
adverb uk   /ˈspɑːs.li/  us   /ˈspɑːrs-/
sparsely furnished/populated
sparseness
noun [U] uk   /ˈspɑːs.nəs/  us   /ˈspɑːrs-/ (also sparsity, uk   /ˈspɑː.sə.ti/  us   /ˈspɑːr.sə.t̬i/ )
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