from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Occurring, growing, or settled at widely spaced intervals; not thick or dense.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having widely spaced intervals.
- adj. Not dense; meager.
- v. To scatter; to disperse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Thinly scattered; set or planted here and there; not being dense or close together.
- adj. Placed irregularly and distantly; scattered; -- applied to branches, leaves, peduncles, and the like.
- transitive v. To scatter; to disperse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Thinly scattered; dispersed round about; existing at considerable intervals; as used of population or the like, not dense.
- In botany, scattered; placed distantly or irregularly without any apparent or regular order: applied to branches, leaves, peduncles, etc.
- In zoology, spare or remote, as spots or other markings: scattered irregularly; few or scanty, as hairs or other appendages.
- To disperse; scatter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not dense
Latin sparsus, past participle of spargere, to scatter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sparsus. (Wiktionary)