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Meaning of RARE

Pronunciation:  rehr

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  1. [adj]  not widely distributed; "rare herbs"; "rare patches of gree in the desert"
  2. [adj]  not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness; "a rare word"; "rare books"
  3. [adj]  (of meat) cooked a short time; still red inside; "rare roast beef"
  4. [adj]  recurring only at long intervals; "a rare appearance"; "total eclipses are rare events"
  5. [adj]  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"
  6. [adj]  having low density; "rare gasses"; "lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air"

RARE is a 4 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: extraordinary, infrequent, rarefied, rarified, raw, scarce, thin, uncommon



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rare\ (r[^a]r), a. [Cf. {Rather}, {Rath}.]
    Early. [Obs.]
          Rude mechanicals that rare and late Work in the market
          place.                                   --Chapman.
  2. \Rare\, a. [Compar. {Rarer}; superl. {Rarest}.] [Cf. AS.
    hr[=e]r, or E. rare early.]
    Nearly raw; partially cooked; not thoroughly cooked;
    underdone; as, rare beef or mutton.
          New-laid eggs, which Baucis' busy care Turned by a
          gentle fire, and roasted rare.           --Dryden.
    Note: This word is in common use in the United States, but in
          England its synonym underdone is preferred.
  3. \Rare\, a. [Compar. {Rarer}; superl. {Rarest}.] [F., fr. L.
    rarus thin, rare.]
    1. Not frequent; seldom met with or occurring; unusual; as, a
       rare event.
    2. Of an uncommon nature; unusually excellent; valuable to a
       degree seldom found.
             Rare work, all filled with terror and delight.
             Above the rest I judge one beauty rare. --Dryden.
    3. Thinly scattered; dispersed.
             Those rare and solitary, three in flocks. --Milton.
    4. Characterized by wide separation of parts; of loose
       texture; not thick or dense; thin; as, a rare atmosphere
       at high elevations.
             Water is nineteen times lighter, and by consequence
             nineteen times rarer, than gold.      --Sir I.
    Syn: Scarce; infrequent; unusual; uncommon; singular;
         extraordinary; incomparable.
    Usage: {Rare}, {Scarce}. We call a thing rare when but few
           examples, specimens, or instances of it are ever to be
           met with; as, a rare plant. We speak of a thing as
           scarce, which, though usually abundant, is for the
           time being to be had only in diminished quantities;
           as, a bad harvest makes corn scarce.
                 A perfect union of wit and judgment is one of
                 the rarest things in the world.   --Burke.
                 When any particular piece of money grew very
                 scarce, it was often recoined by a succeeding
                 emperor.                          --Addison.
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