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Word: sparse

Definition: not thick; thinly scattered; scanty

Sentences Containing 'sparse'

About 1940 the poultry industry began to replace subsistence farming as the main source of unemployment for the sparse population of the region.
According to some sources Devil Rays are flavorsome although, due to their sparse population, Devil Rays cannot be sold for commercial use.
All songs were co-written by Orton except for a haunting, sparse take on the Phil Spector composition, "I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine."
As a consequence, he finds lower bounds on the probability that these patterns form in any sufficiently sparse and sufficiently large random initial condition for Life.
As recreational facilities and grass ovals were sparse in densely populated Fitzroy, the boys took to playing cricket in a cobblestone laneway between their terraced house.
Astley's actual recorded output is quite sparse, consisting of a few singles and albums of the music from "The Saint" and "Danger Man".
At that time, it had a sparse population of 13 people, and at the end of the 16th century, the hamlet dwellers numbered 4 Serb families.
At that time, the population was sparse.
At the time of the Hungarian migration, the land was inhabited only by a sparse population of Slavs, numbering about 200,000, who were either assimilated or enslaved by the Hungarians.
Born into poverty and seemingly abandoned by her biological parents she has lived a nomadic life with her grandmother in a rather old and decidedly sparse trailer.
Both sailors and artillery were sparse in the then frontier South.
By 1750 most of the forest had been cleared for agriculture, although settlement was still sparse.
Criticism of the play in the 18th century was less sparse, but no less divided.
Documentation of the BTM is sparse and scattered; the creature is largely considered a product of local folklore.
Equipment levels were sparse, although basic amenities like power steering, cloth trim and a radio/cassette player were fitted.
For example, the well known sparse LU code "MA28" (superseded by "MA48") is a Matrix Algebra code number 28.
For these reasons, systematic studies of the claustrum have been sparse.
If long polymer chains are used then a relatively sparse grafting density can be employed, but if the chains are short, a high grafting density is necessary.
In ancient times Heilongjiang was far from any literate civilization, and information was sparse.
In general, both the music and lyrics have the sparse repetition characteristic of Swing's minimalist influences, while making use of more modern pop instrumentation and production techniques.
In the cytoplasm, the Golgi apparatus is small, mitochondria and ribosomes are sparse, and the rough endoplasmic reticulum is absent.
In the mid 1980s, the only fauna reported was sparse occurrences of larvae and non-biting midges.
In this wilderness area visitors are advised to carry sufficient fuel, food, water and medical supplies since there are no services and cellphone coverage is sparse.
In urban areas sparse in grass, Spaldeens became integral to many street games due to their bounciness and light weight.
Old English borrowings were relatively sparse and drew mainly from ecclesiastical usage after the Christianization of England.
Precipitation is not sparse any time of the year, but is the greatest in summer and fall and at its least from January to April, totalling annually.
Soils with no or sparse vegetation range from white (sand, salt) to greens or browns depending on moisture and organic matter content.
Songs typically do not have traditional verse/chorus/verse structure and the arrangements are sparse, to the point where some describe them as "amelodic".
Sparse castle ruins are found on Ehinger mountain and on Schlössleinsbuck.
Statistics are sparse until 1899, when he hit for a .288 batting average in 100 total games for four minor league teams.
The Appalachian Mountains have long been a center for cultural innovation, in spite of only sparse settlement by Native Americans and Europeans alike.
The concert's stage set was sparse, with a few instrument stations laid out, a carpet and lamp, two reddish chandeliers, and darkish, subdued stage lighting.
The floating and marginal vegetation associated with these water bodies tends to be sparse and restricted, and consists of a scattered swamp and poor acid fen fringe.
The islands have sparse vegetation and are a seabird rookery and turtle nesting area.
The Khasi pine population are especially dense in India and Burma and quite sparse elsewhere in its natural range.
The nest is usually located amongst rocky areas, against fallen branches or under low bushes or sparse tufts of grass.
The New York duo Suicide played sparse, experimental music with a confrontational stage act inspired by that of The Stooges.
The rather derelict building with sparse natural light was shared with several other institutions.
The remainder of the tail is relatively narrow and cylindrical, with only sparse hair between numerous tiny scales.
The sparse information available in the small bandwidth will probably be too limited to extract a proper envelope.
The sparse leaves are made up of small leaflets about a centimeter long each.
The sparse soil of Apataki cannot sustain a great variety of vegetation.
The very sparse leaves are each less than a centimeter long and oval-shaped with a pointed or rounded tip.
They climbed snow gullies and limestone headwalls, and encountered high avalanche danger and sparse opportunities for protection.
They prefer a sparse, analog recording sound with little or no overdubbing, and are meticulous about microphone placement and choice of equipment.
They prefer sandy, grassland habitats with sparse vegetation.
This probably occurs because of the sparse food supply that can be found.
This sparse forest type thrives on very sandy Zayante soils that are isolated pockets of decomposing sandstone from the Miocene terraces of the coastal range.
This was the only station in the Adelaide suburban system without wheelchair access, the steep terrain and sparse patronage being prohibitive.
Unfortunately, his biographical information is very sparse, and most conclusions about him made by scientists are purely speculation.

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