sparse

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Borrowed from Latin sparsus.

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sparse (comparative sparser, superlative sparsest)

  1. Having widely spaced intervals.
    a sparse array, index, or matrix
  2. Not dense; meager; scanty
  3. (mathematics) Having few nonzero elements

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sparse (third-person singular simple present sparses, present participle sparsing, simple past and past participle sparsed)

  1. (obsolete) To scatter; to disperse.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)

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sparse

  1. third-person singular past historic of spargere
  2. third-person singular past historic of sparere

sparse f

  1. feminine plural of sparso

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sparse

  1. vocative masculine singular of sparsus