• WordNet 3.6
    • adj meager deficient in amount or quality or extent "meager resources","meager fare"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Meager Destitue of, or having little, flesh; lean. "Meager were his looks;
      Sharp misery had worn him to the bones."
    • Meager Destitute of richness, fertility, strength, or the like; defective in quantity, or poor in quality; poor; barren; scanty in ideas; wanting strength of diction or affluence of imagery; as, meager resources; meager fare. Opposite of ample. "Meager soil.""Of secular habits and meager religious belief.""His education had been but meager ."
    • Meager (Min) Dry and harsh to the touch, as chalk.
    • Meager less than a desirable amount; -- of items distributed from a larger supply.
    • v. t Meager To make lean.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • meager Lean; thin; having little flesh.
    • meager Without richness or fertility; barren: said of land.
    • meager Without moisture; dry and harsh: said of chalk, etc.
    • meager Without fullness, strength, substance, or value; deficient in quantity or quality; scanty; poor; mean.
    • meager Lenten; adapted to a fast. See maigre.
    • meager Synonyms Spare, emaciated, lank, gaunt.
    • meager Tame, barren, bald, jejune, dull, prosing.
    • n meager A sickness.
    • n meager Same as maigre, 2.
    • n meager A spent salmon, or kelt.
    • meager To make lean.
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “A soul that is reluctant to share does not as a rule have much of its own. Miserliness is here a symptom of meagerness.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Measure not by the scale of perfection the meager product of reality.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Often I think writing is a sheer paring away of oneself leaving always something thinner, barer, more meager.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. merge, F. maigre, L. macer,; akin to D. & G. mager, Icel. magr, and prob. to Gr. makro`s long. Cf. Emaciate Maigre


In literature:

General Rousseau's report contradicts his statements, and in a meager way accords the credit to my regiments.
"The Citizen-Soldier" by John Beatty
Now, although I've mentioned reorientation before, what I actually know about it is meager.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
It was big with possibilities, but of ready cash there was but a meager supply.
"Love Among the Chickens" by P. G. Wodehouse
His questions elicited meager information.
"Terry" by Charles Goff Thomson
Our facilities for such work were most meager, and whatever results were secured were reached at no great distance from the surface.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
Compared with the street parade of any of its great and famous rivals, the street parade of this circus was a meager and disappointing thing.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
From the legal standpoint the slave had no rights or privileges in the attainment of even a meager education.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 3, 1918" by Various
During the period of the Caillaux ministry (June, 1911, to January, 1912) there was continued discussion, but meager progress.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
Therefore I have laid our course to intercept the closest one to us, as nearly as I can from what meager data we have.
"Skylark Three" by Edward Elmer Smith
Accordingly they first of all led the old woman to where the others were making as comfortable a camp as the meager conditions allowed.
"Afloat on the Flood" by Lawrence J. Leslie
When the meager breakfast was ready, he awakened Grenfell, who sat up grumbling.
"The Gold Trail" by Harold Bindloss
With a glance she swept the meager, pretentious room, and then, suddenly, became aware of other presences.
"A Voice in the Wilderness" by Grace Livingston Hill
Her body resembled that of a sturdy child, straight in the back, wide in the waist, and meager of bosom.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
Their children were numerous, without educational advantages, and accustomed to the poor and meager cultural life of an outcast class.
"Expansion and Conflict" by William E. Dodd
It was a meager breakfast and he could have eaten four times as much if he had had it.
"Army Boys on the Firing Line" by Homer Randall
The first man I saw was of a meager aspect, with sooty hands and face, his hair and beard long, ragged, and singed in several places.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume III (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland I" by Francis W. Halsey
Why shouldn't she want life's fullness instead of life's meagerness and its breadth instead of its bigotries?
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
What is here said of the plan of the Acts explains still more strikingly the meagerness of the record of the third journey.
"The Life of St. Paul" by James Stalker
As a flicker of light blazed up, a small, meagerly furnished front room was disclosed.
"Owen Clancy's Happy Trail" by Burt L. Standish
Over the area of the plain and the rolling hills were meager wisps of clouds.
"Attrition" by Jim Wannamaker

In poetry:

I see the ghosts of murdered hours,
As they flit past in countless throngs,
They taunt me with their meager powers,
And ridicule my senseless songs.
"Youthful Reminiscences" by David John Scott
Better a meager Tome to sow the Seed
Of errant Thought and Fancy's Lantern feed;
Better a Penny Dreadful than the Book
That sends you into Slumber when you read.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
Me thought the meager elfe did seeke biewaies,
To come vnto her, but it would not be;
Her venime purifi'd by virtues raies,
Shee pin'd and staru'd like an Anotomie:
"The Authors Dreame To The Ladie Marie" by Aemilia Lanyer
And there against the furthest wall,
Where the black shade was dense and deep,
He found a mean and meager stall,
But there when the weak light did fall,
He found a little lad asleep.
"A Legend Of Christ's Nativity" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Bonfires are blazing and rockets ascend —
No meager triumphs such tokens portend;
Shout, shout! my brothers, for "all, all is well!"
'Tis the universal chorus,
Ring, ring the bell.
"Ring the Bell, Watchman!" by Henry Clay Work
The protestant days of November
fall a good bit apart on the calendar;
widows, existing on meager pensions;
public housing, that does little;
a row of orphan boys with similar features;
open gates in the empty countryside.
"November" by Gerrit Achterberg

In news:

Zune Eats Creative's Meager Lunch, Grabbing 4 Percent of MP3 Player Market.
From meager beginnings to America's Team.
September's controversial jobs report showed the unemployment rate falling below 8% for the first time since January 2009 despite a meager 114,000 in non-farm payrolls.
Higher Ed Seeks to Replenish Meager Student Rolls.
The big game hunting season has passed its midpoint and, to date, the take has been meager.
Ross Perot's choice of Pat Choate as his running mate does little to increase his meager Presidential prospects.
Long odds and meager press coverage aren't slowing two unaffiliated gubernatorial candidates who predict the currents of this year's political climate will break in their favor in November.
Sure, we were sad to hear that ABC opted not to renew 'Last Resort,' which maintained relatively meager rating in its initial run despite being recieved as one of the better offerings of the season.
We say that sermons have bored us when actually they have disappointed us, failing to be the alternative word we need, failing to be the speech that arises not from our own meager entertainments but from the life of the Spirit.
Brands such as Pillsbury and Marie Callender's racked up meager scores in our official taste test.
No MLS team won fewer games than the meager five produced last year by New England, and a major roster revamp under new Coach Jay Heaps will take time to develop.
Money market funds stand out for their meager returns.
For example, the European ETS program, a cap-and-trade system, currently prices carbon emissions at a meager $16 per ton of CO2.
"Lost opportunity" is the only way to describe the foolish raid on the bank's meager resources.
It's been 17 years since her family was forced to surrender to an indefinite exile and a meager existence.

In science:

Therefore, F := Si(cid:0)D(fi )(cid:1) is also a definably meager set, and thus nowhere dense; let U ′ := U \ F .
Expansions of the reals which do not define the natural numbers
Assume there exists a dense orbit under this action and that Ea is a meager subset of X × X .
Borel equivalence relations and Lascar strong types
We define the small sample setting as one in which the data are too meager to admit a test set.
Small Sample Inference for Generalization Error in Classification Using the CUD Bound
It follows that if Γ · y0 is not meager, it must be comeager (see [K, 8.46]).
Random Orderings and Unique Ergodicity of Automorphism Groups
That is, it suffices to show that Γ · y0 is not meager.
Random Orderings and Unique Ergodicity of Automorphism Groups
Now if it were meager, then there would be a sequence hVni of dense open sets in Y with Tn Vn ∩ Γ · y0 =
Random Orderings and Unique Ergodicity of Automorphism Groups
And X is Ramsey nul l if and only if it is meager with respect to the exponential topology.
A Ramsey space of infinite polyhedra and the infinite random polyhedron
We say that (R, ≤, r) is a topological Ramsey space iff subsets of R with the Baire property are Ramsey and meager subsets of R are Ramsey null.
A Ramsey space of infinite polyhedra and the infinite random polyhedron
If X is meager with respect to the exponential topology of E then the same argument works but in addition the case [a, B ] ⊆ X will never happen, by the meagerness of X .
A Ramsey space of infinite polyhedra and the infinite random polyhedron
Then A is meager (comeager, respectively) if and only if there is a comeager set of T ∈ Aut(µ) such that A ∩ hT ic is meager (comeager, respectively) in hT ic .
Closed subgroups generated by generic measure automorphisms
The property from the conclusion of this result implies that the images under fq , q ∈ Z \ {0}, of non-meager sets are non-meager.
Closed subgroups generated by generic measure automorphisms
To complete the proof of the lemma it suffices to show that if A is nonmeager, then there exists a non-meager set of T ∈ Aut(µ) such that A ∩ hT ic is non-meager.
Closed subgroups generated by generic measure automorphisms
Since A is non-meager, it is comeager in some non-empty open set.
Closed subgroups generated by generic measure automorphisms
It follows by Ageev’s result quoted above that its pro jection on the first coordinate is non-meager and is included in the ǫ ball around S0 .
Closed subgroups generated by generic measure automorphisms
But then (ii) holds for every f ∈ Cn (K ) \ (Sk∈N+ Nn (dk )), and this latter set is clearly co-meager, which concludes the proof of the theorem.
Inductive topological Hausdorff dimensions and fibers of generic continuous functions