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Meaning of SPARSE

Pronunciation:  spârs

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  not dense; "a thin beard"; "trees were sparse"
 

SPARSE is a 6 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: distributed, thin
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Sparse\, a. [Compar. {Sparser}; superl. {Sparsest}.] [L.
    sparsus, p. p. of spargere to strew, scatter. Cf. {Asperse},
    {Disperse}.]
    1. Thinly scattered; set or planted here and there; not being
       dense or close together; as, a sparse population.
       --Carlyle.
    
    2. (Bot.) Placed irregularly and distantly; scattered; --
       applied to branches, leaves, peduncles, and the like.
    
    
  2. \Sparse\, v. t. [L. sparsus, p. p. of spargere to
    scatter.]
    To scatter; to disperse. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    
    
 
Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

A sparse matrix (or vector, or array) is one in which most of the elements are zero. If storage space is more important than access speed, it may be preferable to store a sparse matrix as a list of (index, value) pairs or use some kind of hash scheme or associative memory.

 

 

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