1. [Adjective]: deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand; "fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought"

2. [Adverb]: by a small margin; "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

3. not enough; hard to find; "meat was scarce during the war"

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