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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,   /ˈspɑː.sə.ti/    /ˈspɑːr.sə.t̬i/)
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