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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Scarce a. [Compar. Scarcer superl. Scarcest.]
 1. Not plentiful or abundant; in small quantity in proportion to the demand; not easily to be procured; rare; uncommon.
    You tell him silver is scarcer now in England, and therefore risen one fifth in value.   --Locke.
    The scarcest of all is a Pescennius Niger on a medallion well preserved.   --Addison.
 2. Scantily supplied (with); deficient (in); -- with of. [Obs.] “A region scarce of prey.”
 3. Sparing; frugal; parsimonious; stingy. [Obs.] “Too scarce ne too sparing.”
 To make one's self scarce, to decamp; to depart. [Slang]
 Syn: -- Rare; infrequent; deficient. See Rare.