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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Scarce, Scarce·ly, adv.
 1. With difficulty; hardly; scantly; barely; but just.
    With a scarce well-lighted flame.   --Milton.
    The eldest scarcely five year was of age.   --Chaucer.
    Slowly she sails, and scarcely stems the tides.   --Dryden.
    He had scarcely finished, when the laborer arrived who had been sent for my ransom.   --W. Irving.
 2. Frugally; penuriously. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adv 1: 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 [syn: barely, hardly,
              just, scarce]
      2: almost not; "he hardly ever goes fishing"; "he was hardly
         more than sixteen years old"; "they scarcely ever used the
         emergency generator" [syn: hardly]