Not enough to meet a demand or requirement
Rarely occurring or appearing
By a very little; almost not
Wealthy people could afford to choose scarce antiques.
Rain is very scarce, but the canals supply ample water for cultivation and all other purposes.
She made herself scarce.
Good water is everywhere so scarce that but for the rain preserved in cisterns the country would be mostly uninhabitable.
The soil is thus very productive, although water is scarce and bad.