• WordNet 3.6
    • n meagerness the quality of being meager "an exiguity of cloth that would only allow of miniature capes"-George Eliot"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Meagerness The state or quality of being meager; leanness; scantiness; barrenness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n meagerness The condition or quality of being meager; leanness; poorness; scantiness; barrenness.
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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
    Source Unknown
    “Often I think writing is a sheer paring away of oneself leaving always something thinner, barer, more meager.”


In literature:

My poor little Dinky-Dink's things are so plain and rough and meager.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
As results had been meager along here, the sides of the trench were turned to the northward and northwestward.
"Archeological Investigations" by Gerard Fowke
Pestalozzi at first met with very meager encouragement.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
Meager, indeed, was the helpful knowledge contained in the voluminous reports of the men.
"The Substitute Prisoner" by Max Marcin
Dashing through them came the swift fresh brigades of French and Meager.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
The man had fired the meager remnants of Sim Gage's hay stacks.
"The Sagebrusher" by Emerson Hough
As I have said, the common table was meagerly kept.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
She now gave him her arm to help him on deck, twining a muffler round his meager throat.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
They loaded the sack of gold, the bundle of furs, their meager camp outfit amidships, and swung off into the stream.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Dom Corria, striving to dispose his meager garrison as best he could, met his trusted lieutenant.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
It merely receives and with shallow root, if it be not scorched, gives back its meager crop.
"Modern American Prose Selections" by Various
It would not provide even the most meager of board and the smallest room.
"Herself" by E. B. Lowry
In spite of the hard beds, the lack of even the most meager comforts, both Merry and Clancy were soon asleep.
"Frank Merriwell, Junior's, Golden Trail" by Burt L. Standish
Any hope of defeating them rests in us, using the meager knowledge I've gained from contact.
"The Whispering Spheres" by Russell Robert Winterbotham
Sophie's taste had supplemented Bettina's meager funds.
"Glory of Youth" by Temple Bailey
In this way, however, only meager information could be obtained.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 7, 1922" by Various
There was no carpet on the floor, and the apartment was very meagerly furnished with the rudest and coarsest articles.
"Hope and Have" by Oliver Optic
Meager reports of the affair state that only $7000 of the money was actually paid over.
"The Woman with a Stone Heart" by Oscar William Coursey
Pellams flunked in the examination; his co-conspirator passed meagerly; but Pellams' heart lost little of its wonted buoyancy.
"Stanford Stories" by Charles K. Field
He had only a meager stock of money.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day

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
"Let us take them in order. The first is the taste,
Which is meager and hollow, but crisp:
Like a coat that is rather too tight in the waist,
With a flavor of Will-o-the-wisp.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
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

In news:

Peanut-butter spread: The act of taking meager resources (budget, staff, etc.
Our country was founded on Capitalism and Free Enterprise building your wealth (no matter how meager) by the sweat of your back.
Wall Street traders, among the best paid in financial circles, are facing another meager bonus season this year — at least by Street standards.
Job growth was surprisingly meager last month, the Labor Department reported yesterday, in a sign that business executives have become worried that the economic damage from high energy prices might be growing.
Utes' meager offense stays that way vs USC.
Ross Perot's choice of Pat Choate as his running mate does little to increase his meager Presidential prospects.
Brands such as Pillsbury and Marie Callender's racked up meager scores in our official taste test.
Germany's trade surplus narrowed in October to its lowest level in over half a year as exports posted meager growth in the face of weakening demand from the country's recession-hit European partners.
"It was a very meager living," said King, 63, who lives in Reeds Spring, Mo.
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.
Many families eke out meager lives unable to buy basic furnishings.
"Oogieloves In The BIG Balloon Adventure" was the least-grossing wide release, taking $827,000 with a meager $206 per movie theater.
Turns out Metro's much ballyhooed living-wage plan affects 14 people, adds no more than 35 cents to any current city employee's hourly wage, and jolts a meager $7,300 into the government's new budget.
Money market funds stand out for their meager returns.
The One Percent funded those meager Tea Party protests, and the One-Percent -owned Media covered them religiously.

In science:

By the Kuratowski-Ulam theorem (see [Ke], Theorem 8.41), we have that the set Am is meager in 2N × 2N .
A classification of separable Rosenthal compacta and its applications
The high density would then imply a strong X-ray thermal Bremsstrahlung emission which is not observed . ii) The high value of the magnetic field expected in hadronic models implies that a meager number of electrons is needed to explain the observed synchrotron X-ray emission.
Gamma Ray Astronomy and the Origin of Galactic Cosmic Rays
Luzin set, Sierpi´nski set, definable forcing, measurable function, meager set, null set.
Generalized Luzin sets
Now, let us concentrate on ideal of null and meager sets.
Generalized Luzin sets
Then intersection A ∩ L ⊆ B ∩ L ∈ K is a meager set in ground model.
Generalized Luzin sets
Then by absolutnes of borel codes of meager sets the set A ∩ L is a meager set what finishes the proof.
Generalized Luzin sets
The analogous machinery can be used for ideal of meager sets K.
Generalized Luzin sets
For a poor mixer with a meager coverage of space by the eigenmode, there are typically large holes between parts of the eigenmode where the greatest fluctuations of the continuous pattern are nested.
Measures of mixing quality in open flows with chaotic advection
The set of integer-valued random sequences is co-meager.
How powerful are integer-valued martingales?
It is a routine exercise to show that the set of sequences X satisfying the law of large numbers is a meager set (contained in a countable union of closed set with empty interior).
How powerful are integer-valued martingales?
If we now want to compare integer-valued randomness and Kurtz randomness, the above results are insufficient, as the set of Kurtz random sequences is also a co-meager set.
How powerful are integer-valued martingales?
So each ball around S0 contains a non-meager set of T from the set Aǫ .
Closed subgroups generated by generic measure automorphisms
We say that M ⊆ X is meager if it is a countable union of nowhere dense sets, and a set is of second category if it is not meager. A set is called co-meager if its complement is meager.
Inductive topological Hausdorff dimensions and fibers of generic continuous functions
By Baire’s Category Theorem co-meager sets are dense.
Inductive topological Hausdorff dimensions and fibers of generic continuous functions
It is not difficult to show that a set is co-meager iff it contains a dense Gδ set.
Inductive topological Hausdorff dimensions and fibers of generic continuous functions