An example of sparse is when a vast forest has only a few little trees scattered about.
Origin of sparseClassical Latin sparsus, past participle of spargere, to scatter: see spark
Origin of sparseLatin sparsus past participle of spargere to scatter
- sparse′ness spar′si·ty
(comparative sparser, superlative sparsest)
(third-person singular simple present sparses, present participle sparsing, simple past and past participle sparsed)
From Latin sparsus.