Webster 1913 Edition
Not plentiful or abundant; in small quantity in proportion to the demand; not easily to be procured; rare; uncommon.
You tell him silver is
scarcernow in England, and therefore risen one fifth in value.
scarcestof all is a Pescennius Niger on a medallion well preserved.
Scantily supplied (with); deficient (in); – with of.
[Obs.]“A region scarce of prey.”
Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; stingy.
[Obs.]“Too scarce ne too sparing.”
To make one’s self scarce,
to decamp; to depart.
Syn. – Rare; infrequent; deficient. See
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Not plentiful or abundant; being in small quantity in proportion to the demand. We say, water is scarce, wheat, rye, barley is scarce, money is scarce, when the quantity is not fully adequate to the demand.
2.Being few in number and scattered; rare; uncommon. Good horses are scarce.
The scarcest of all is a Pescennius Niger on a medallion well preserved.