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Definitions of rare

  1. having low density; "rare gasses"; "lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. not widely distributed; "rare herbs"; "rare patches of gree in the desert" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness; "a rare word"; "rare books" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (of meat) cooked a short time; still red inside; "rare roast beef" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. recurring only at long intervals; "a rare appearance"; "total eclipses are rare events" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind; "what is so rare as a day in June"-J.R.Lowell; "a rare skill"; "an uncommon sense of humor"; "she was kind to an uncommon degree" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. Early. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Nearly raw; partially cooked; not thoroughly cooked; underdone; as, rare beef or mutton. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Not frequent; seldom met with or occurring; unusual; as, a rare event. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Of an uncommon nature; unusually excellent; valuable to a degree seldom found. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Thinly scattered; dispersed. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Characterized by wide separation of parts; of loose texture; not thick or dense; thin; as, a rare atmosphere at high elevations. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Rareness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Scarce; uncommon; as, a rare plant; seldom happening; unusual; as, a rare occasion; excellent; choice; precious; as rare old lace; thin; not dense; as, the rare air at the mountain top; not well cooked; almost raw; as, rare beefsteak. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Rarely. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. Rarer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. Rarest. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. (comp. RARER, superl. RAREST), Thin: of a loose texture: not dense: uncommon: excellent: extraordinary. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. Thin: uncommon; excellent. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. Infrequent; exceptionally valuable; choice. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. Rarefied; thin. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. Not thoroughly cooked; said especially of beef. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Thinly scattered; not dense; porous; not frequent; scarce; unusually excellent; nearly raw. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. Occurring but seldom; scarce; unusual; unusually excellent; incomparable; thin; not dense. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. r[=a]r, adj. (comp. R[=A]'RER; superl. R[=A]'REST) thin: not dense, as rarefied atmosphere: sparse: seldom met with: uncommon: excellent: especially good: extraordinary.--ns. R[=A]RE'BIT, an erroneous form of Welsh-rabbit; RAREFAC'TION, act of rarefying: expansion of aëriform bodies.--adj. RAR'EFIABLE, capable of being rarefied.--v.t. RAREFY (rar'e-f[=i], or r[=a]'re-f[=i]), to make rare, thin, or less dense: to expand a body.--v.i. to become less dense:--pa.t. and pa.p. rar'efied.--adv. R[=A]RE'LY, seldom: remarkably well.--ns. R[=A]RE'NESS, tenuity: scarcity; RARITY (rar'i-ti), state of being rare: thinness: subtilty: something valued for its scarcity: uncommonness. [Fr.,--L. r[=a]rus.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  26. r[=a]r, adj. underdone--of meat. [A.S. hr[=e]r.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  27. Of loosely packed substance, not dense, (the r. atmosphere of the mountain tops); few& far between, uncommon, unusual, exceptional, seldom found or occurring, (it is r. for person &c. to do, or it is rarely that he &c. does); of uncommon excellence, remarkably good, very amusing, (a miracle of r. device; had r. fun with him). Hence rarely adv., rareness n. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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