• WordNet 3.6
    • n scantiness 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 Scantiness Quality or condition of being scanty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scantiness Scanty character or condition; lack of amplitude, greatness, or abundance; insufficiency.
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  • John Greenleaf Whittier
    “The dreariest spot in all the land to Death they set apart; with scanty grace from Nature's hand, and none from that of Art.”


In literature:

Its walls were rough plaster, its floor of white pine, its furniture poor, scanty and worn.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
The gills are crowded, light-brown, or yellowish, milk scanty and watery.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Their lunch was simple and scanty; but it had the grace of a royal banquet.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
The muzzle is hot and dry, the mouth slimy, and the secretions scanty.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
To win a scanty reward with great pains had become a necessity of his life.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
The latter they wove into what scanty apparel they required.
"The Arawack Language of Guiana in its Linguistic and Ethnological Relations" by Daniel G. Brinton
He interrupted his work because he found the materials too scanty for the later Middle Ages, and too copious for the Reformation.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The beard appears late in life, and remains generally scanty.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Its scantiness surprised our adventurers.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
Of the Hyksos age there are the scanty remains of a great fortified camp at Tell el-Yehudia.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
The scanty force in camp was augmented to three hundred by the arrival from Wills' Creek of the men who had been under Colonel Fry.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
The soil was clayey, and vegetation scanty.
"Narrative of a Second Expedition to the Shores of the Polar Sea" by John Franklin
What a difference between this elegant, handsomely furnished, and lofty apartment, and my own small room with its scanty furniture.
"L'Arrabiata and Other Tales" by Paul Heyse
Meals were irregular and scanty.
"The Day of Wrath" by Louis Tracy
How these candles add a charm to the scanty daylight, giving out almost a supernatural effect!
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
Our means of defence were scanty; a few fowling guns being the only weapons we had on board our vessels.
"Journal of Voyages" by Jacob Dunham
Their only history lives in the brief and scanty records of them made by their destroyers.
"The History of Cuba, vol. 1" by Willis Fletcher Johnson
They lived in houses, wore scanty but real clothing, and were governed by a rude system of laws.
"Red Eagle and the Wars With the Creek Indians of Alabama." by George Cary Eggleston
There were not half enough horses for the scanty artillery and cavalry.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The duties of these early teachers were by no means light, especially in proportion to their scanty wage.
"Dutch and English on the Hudson" by Maud Wilder Goodwin

In poetry:

Thy scanty years
Were mine a little while;
Life had no fears
To trouble thy brief smile
With toil or tears.
"The Dead Child" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Knows he who tills this lonely field
To reap its scanty corn,
What mystic fruit his acres yield
At midnight and at morn?
"Dirge" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Not Eros, with his joyous laugh,
The urchin blind and bare,
But Love, with spectacles and staff,
And scanty, silvered hair.
"The Lyre Of Anacreon" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The dreariest spot in all the land
To Death they set apart;
With scanty grace from Nature's hand,
And none from that of Art.
"The Old Burying-Ground" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And yet we have; these scanty prayers
Yield gold without alloy:
O God, but he that trusts and dares
Must have a boundless joy!
"Prayer" by George MacDonald
His scanty hair he wildly tore:
"That's right," said I, "it shows your breed."
He danced - he stamped - he wildly swore -
"Bless me, that's very fine indeed!"
"An Unfortunate Likeness" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Here's an image that should grab a Super Bowl fan's attention: Jennifer Garner in black scanties.
South Texas cotton is starting to flower, but rains have been scanty for the last couple of weeks.
Web data scanty on donations to Bexar officials.
Religion for a scanty band.

In science:

Unlike the classical case, study of quantum FK models is rather scanty.
A simple variational approach to the quantum Frenkel-Kontorova model
This discrepancy is too great to be regarded as being due to methodical errors. Although the results are scanty, they confirm the increase in isotopic ratio toward 235U, thus providing a strong argument supporting the stated hypothesis.
On the possible physical mechanism of Chernobyl catastrophe and the unsoundness of official conclusion
The peculiar He/Nn ob ject M31N 2007-10b, which has particularly scanty lightcurve coverage, has a relatively large uncertainty in the peak magnitude.
A Spectroscopic and Photometric Survey of Novae in M31
There is scanty amount of work in the area of service supply chains in general irrespective of semi- static or pure online services supply chains and their collaboration.
Web Services Supply Chains: A Literature Review
Although the collected data are of a rather scanty statistics, one could conclude that the inferred X-ray spectra and luminosities of these two system are similar, suggesting the same mechanisms generating the detected radiation.
Studying Millisecond Pulsars in X-rays
Since our presently scanty knowledge of high scale theories is unable to discriminate between various possible residual discrete symmetries at low energies, it is quite reasonable to consider R/p (but L- or B -conserving) interactions near weak-scale energies.
Supersymmetric theories with explicit R-parity violation
Direct observational evidence of gas flowing from the disk into the halo is still scanty.
The dynamical signature of the ISM in soft X-rays -- I. Diffuse soft X-rays from galaxies
However, as shown in Fig. 8, we have scanty knowledge of the masses of the known light, neutral particles.
From Accelerators To Asteroids
Figure 8: Our scanty knowledge of the masses of the known, light, neutral particles.
From Accelerators To Asteroids
In fact, the (still scanty) data on sub-mm polarization of dusty galaxies (Greaves, Scott) indicate that their global net polarization, is likely < 1%.
Workshop summary and the future