Scarce

Scarce

(skrs), a. [Compar. Scarcer (skr"sr); superl. Scarcest.] [OE. scars, OF. escars, eschars, LL. scarpsus, excarpsus, for L. excerptus, p. p. of excerpere to pick out, and hence to contract, to shorten; ex (see Ex-) + carpere. See Carpet, and cf. Excerp.] 1. Not plentiful or abundant; in small quantity in proportion to the demand; not easily to be procured; rare; uncommon.
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You tell him silver is scarcer now in England, and therefore risen one fifth in value.
Locke.
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The scarcest of all is a Pescennius Niger on a medallion well preserved.
Addison.
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2. Scantily supplied (with); deficient (in); -- with of. [Obs.] "A region scarce of prey." Milton.
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3. Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; stingy. [Obs.] "Too scarce ne too sparing." Chaucer.
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To make one's self scarce, to decamp; to depart. [Slang]
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Syn. -- Rare; infrequent; deficient. See Rare.
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Scarce

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Scarce"ly

, } adv. 1. With difficulty; hardly; scantly; barely; but just.
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With a scarce well-lighted flame.
Milton.
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The eldest scarcely five year was of age.
Chaucer.
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Slowly she sails, and scarcely stems the tides.
Dryden.
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He had scarcely finished, when the laborer arrived who had been sent for my ransom.
W. Irving.
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2. Frugally; penuriously. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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