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SPARSE, adjective spars. [Latin sparsus, scattered, from spargo.]

1. Thinly scattered; set or planted here and there; as a sparse population.

2. In botany, not opposite, not alternate, nor in any apparent regular order; applied to branches, leaves peduncles, etc.

SPARSE, verb transitive spars. To disperse. [Not in use.]