Meaning of “sparse” in the English Dictionary

"sparse" in British English

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sparseadjective

uk /spɑːs/ us /spɑːrs/
sparsely
adverb uk /ˈspɑːs.li/ us /ˈspɑːrs.li/

sparseness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈspɑːs.nəs/ us /ˈspɑːrs.nəs/ also sparsity, uk /ˈspɑː.sə.ti/ us /ˈspɑːr.sə.t̬i/

(Definition of “sparse” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sparse" in American English

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sparseadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /spɑrs/

small in number or amount and not dense or close together:

plants with sparse foliage
sparse attendance
a sparse vocabulary
sparsely
adverb us /ˈspɑrs·li/

This area is very sparsely settled because there isn’t much water.

(Definition of “sparse” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)