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sparse

adjective     /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.Scarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things sparsely     /ˈspɑːs.li/ US  /ˈspɑːrs-/ adverb sparsely furnished/populatedScarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things sparseness     /ˈspɑːs.nəs/ US  /ˈspɑːrs-/ noun [U] (also sparsity,   /ˈspɑː.sə.ti/   US  /ˈspɑːr.sə.t̬i/)
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