Exiguous vs Sparse - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between exiguous and sparse
is that exiguous
is scanty; meager while sparse
is having widely spaced intervals.
As a verb sparse is
(obsolete) to scatter; to disperse.
* 1889 — ch XIII
* 1912 — ch VII
- The herdboy in the broom, already musical in the days of Father Chaucer, startles (and perhaps pains) the lark with this exiguous pipe.
* 1998 — Michael Ignatieff, Rebirth of a Nation: An Anatomy of Russia . New Statesman, Feb 6.
- The path on which I then planted my feet was quite unprecedentedly narrow. I had never had to walk along a thoroughfare so exiguous .
* 2001 — Terence Brown, The Life of W. B. Yeats: A Critical Biography .
- They are entering the market, setting up stalls on snowy streets, moonlighting to supplement exiguous incomes.
* 2012 — Rodger Cohen, Scottexalonia Rising, New York Times, Nov. 26., Op. Ed.
- Among the pressures provoking these distresses were a father's financial inadequacy and a growing awareness that, by finding employment himself, he could ameliorate the family's exiguous circumstances.
- National politics, as President François Hollande of France is only the latest to discover, is often no more than tweaking at the margins in the exiguous political space left by markets and other global forces.
Having widely spaced intervals.
Not dense; meager.
* sparse array
* sparse index
* sparse matrix
(obsolete) To scatter; to disperse.