from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a thin manner; with little thickness or depth; sparsely; slightly; not substantially.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective In a thin manner; in a loose, scattered manner; scantily; not thickly

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a thin, loose, or scattered manner; scantily; not thickly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb without viscosity
  • adverb in a widely distributed manner
  • adverb without force or sincere effort
  • adverb in a small quantity or extent


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