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scarce    音標拼音: [sk'ɛrs]
a. 缺乏的,不足的;稀有的,珍貴的

缺乏的,不足的;稀有的,珍貴的

scarce
adv 1: only a very short time before; "they could barely hear
the speaker"; "we hardly knew them"; "just missed being
hit"; "had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew
open"; "would have scarce arrived before she would have
found some excuse to leave"- W.B.Yeats [synonym: {barely},
{hardly}, {just}, {scarcely}, {scarce}]
adj 1: deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand;
"fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought" [ant:
{abundant}]

Scarce \Scarce\ (sk[^a]rs), a. [Compar. {Scarcer}
(sk[^a]r"s[~e]r); 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 \Scarce\, Scarcely \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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