(?), n. (Arch. & Engin.) An offset where a wall or bank of earth, etc., retreats, leaving a shelf or footing.
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(?), } n. The quality or condition of being scarce; smallness of quantity in proportion to the wants or demands; deficiency; lack of plenty; short supply; penury; as, a scarcity of grain; a great scarcity of beauties. Chaucer.
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A scarcity of snow would raise a mutiny at Naples.
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Praise . . . owes its value to its scarcity.
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The value of an advantage is enhanced by its scarceness.
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Syn. -- Deficiency; lack; want; penury; dearth; rareness; rarity; infrequency.
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