Pronunciation: râr´ẽr
Rude mechanicals that rare and late
Work in the market place.
- Chapman.
1.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.
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.
- Cowley.
Above the rest I judge one beauty rare.
- Dryden.
3.Thinly scattered; dispersed.
Those rare and solitary, these 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. Newton.
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.
Adj.1.rare - not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness; "a rare word"; "rare books"
2.rare - recurring only at long intervals; "a rare appearance"; "total eclipses are rare events"
3.rare - not widely distributed; "rare herbs"; "rare patches of gree in the desert"
4.rare - 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"
Synonyms: uncommon
5.rare - having low density; "rare gasses"; "lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air"
Synonyms: rarefied, rarified
6.rare - (of meat) cooked a short time; still red inside; "rare roast beef"
RARE - Réseaux Associés pour la Recherche Européenne
Reseaux Associes pour la Recherche Europeenne (org.)a cut above, above, admirable, adulterated, ahead, airy, almost unheard-of, another, ascendant, at a premium, attenuate, attenuated, atypical, beguiling, better, bewildering, boyish, breakaway, capping, celebrated, cheeseparing, chinchy, chintzy, chosen, collectable, conspicuous, crude, cut, dainty, delicate, diaphanous, dilute, diluted, distinguished, eclipsing, elegant, else, eminent, enigmatic, esteemed, estimable, ethereal, exceeding, excellent, excelling, exceptional, exiguous, exquisite, extraordinary, fabulous, fallen, fantastic, fascinating, few, fine-drawn, finer, finespun, first-class, first-rate, flimsy, frail, gaseous, gauzy, girlish, good, gossamer, gracile, greater, higher, in ascendancy, in short supply, in the ascendant, incomprehensible, inconceivable, incredible, insubstantial, lacy, light, limited, major, marked, marvelous, meager, memorable, miraculous, miserly, misty, niggardly, noble, not done, not that sort, not the same, not the type, notable, noteworthy, of a sort, of another sort, of choice, of mark, of sorts, offbeat, one up on, other, other than, otherwise, out of print, out of season, out of stock, outlandish, outstanding, over, papery, passing strange, peculiar, peerless, phenomenal, piddling, poor, prestigious, prodigious, prominent, puzzling, rarefied, raw, recherche, red, remarkable, rememberable, reputable, rivaling, saignant, salient, scant, scanty, scarce, scattered, scrimping, scrimpy, seldom, seldom met with, seldom seen, select, sensational, signal, skimping, skimpy, slender, slenderish, slight, slight-made, slim, slimmish, slinky, slow, small, sodden, sparse, special, sporadic, spotty, sprinkled, stingy, striking, stupendous, subtile, subtle, sui generis, super, superior, superlative, surpassing, svelte, sylphlike, telling, tenuous, thin, thin-bodied, thin-set, thin-spun, thinned, thinned-out, thinnish, threadlike, tight, topping, transcendent, transcendental, transcending, unbaked, unboiled, uncompact, uncompressed, uncooked, uncustomary, undercooked, underdone, undreamed-of, unexpected, unfamiliar, unforgettable, unfrequent, unheard-of, unimaginable, unordinary, unparalleled, unprecedented, unsubstantial, unthinkable, unthought-of, unwonted, upper, vague, vaporous, wasp-waisted, watered, watered-down, watery, weak, willowy, windy, wiredrawn, wispy, wonderful, wondrous
raptorial bird
raptus hemorrhagicus
rara avis
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rare bird
rare earth
rare mode
rare-earth element
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