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meager

(adjective) Deficient in amount or quality or extent.

Synonyms: scrimpy, stingy

Usage: So meager were their trappings that they were practically naked; a fact that was in no way remarkable among the tillers of the fields of Mars.
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Can you tell me what is the source of the sentence used as example of usage? Thanks
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
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Ernesto Domingo wrote:
Can you tell me what is the source of the sentence used as example of usage?

It takes 3 seconds to find:

The Chessmen of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs


აბა ყვავებს ვინ დაიჭერს, კარგო? გალიაში ბულბულები ზიან.
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meager
Definition: (adjective) Deficient in amount or quality or extent.
Synonyms: scrimpy, stingy
Usage: So meager were their trappings that they were practically naked; a fact that was in no way remarkable among the tillers of the fields of Mars.
KSPavan
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meager
Definition: (adjective) Deficient in amount or quality or extent.
Synonyms: scrimpy, stingy
Usage: So meager were their trappings that they were practically naked; a fact that was in no way remarkable among the tillers of the fields of Mars.
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I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be.
(Lord Kelvin, Lecture on "Electrical Units of Measurement" (3 May 1883), published in Popular Lectures Vol. I, p. 73)

Some 30 years ago I read this this quote, that's how I learned the word "meager". Just now I learned, it's "meagre" in British English.
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
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coag wrote:
Just now I learned, it's "meagre" in British English.

Do you know of American center for centre, meter for metre, liter for litre and theater for theatre?

meagre VS meager


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Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1 wrote:
Ernesto Domingo wrote:
Can you tell me what is the source of the sentence used as example of usage?

It takes 3 seconds to find:

The Chessmen of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs


Source : Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Chessmen of Mars

4. CHAPTER IV :

CAPTURED



After a while she gained sufficient command of herself to raise her head and look about. To her horror she discovered that everywhere she looked she saw people working in the fields or preparing to do so. Workmen were coming from other towers. Little bands were passing to this field and that. They were even some already at work within thirty ads of her--about a hundred yards. There were ten, perhaps, in the party nearest her, both men and women, and all were beautiful of form and grotesque of face. So meager were their trappings that they were practically naked; a fact that was in no way remarkable among the tillers of the fields of Mars. Each wore the peculiar, high leather collar that completely hid the neck, and each wore sufficient other leather to support a single sword and a pocket-pouch. The leather was very old and worn, showing long, hard service, and was absolutely plain with the exception of a single device upon the left shoulder. The heads, however, were covered with ornaments of precious metals and jewels, so that little more than eyes, nose, and mouth were discernible. These were hideously inhuman and yet grotesquely human at the same time. The eyes were far apart and protruding, the nose scarce more than two small, parallel slits set vertically above a round hole that was the mouth. The heads were peculiarly repulsive--so much so that it seemed unbelievable to the girl that they formed an integral part of the beautiful bodies below them.

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Ernesto Domingo
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Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1 wrote:
Ernesto Domingo wrote:
Can you tell me what is the source of the sentence used as example of usage?

It takes 3 seconds to find:

The Chessmen of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs



Thank you very much!
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meager

Definition: (adjective) Deficient in amount or quality or extent.
Synonyms: scrimpy, stingy
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