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RARE, a. [L. rarus, thin.]

1. Uncommon; not frequent; as a rare event; a rare phenomenon.

2. Unusually excellent; valuable to a degree seldom found.

Rare work, all fill'd with terror and delight.

Above the rest I judge one beauty rare.

3. Thinly scattered.

4. Thin; porous; not dense; as a rare and attenuate substance.

Water is nineteen times lighter and by consequence nineteen times rarer than gold.

5. Nearly raw; imperfectly roasted or boiled; as rare beef or mutton; eggs roasted rare.



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RARE, a. [L. rarus, thin.]

1. Uncommon; not frequent; as a rare event; a rare phenomenon.

2. Unusually excellent; valuable to a degree seldom found.

Rare work, all fill'd with terror and delight.

Above the rest I judge one beauty rare.

3. Thinly scattered.

4. Thin; porous; not dense; as a rare and attenuate substance.

Water is nineteen times lighter and by consequence nineteen times rarer than gold.

5. Nearly raw; imperfectly roasted or boiled; as rare beef or mutton; eggs roasted rare.

RARE, a. [L. rarus, thin; Sp. Port. and It. raro; Fr. rare; D. raar; G. and Dan. rar.]

  1. Uncommon; not frequent; as, a rare event; a rare phenomenon.
  2. Unusually excellent; valuable to a degree seldom found. Rare work, all fill'd with terror and delight. – Cowley. Above the rest I judge one beauty rare. – Dryden.
  3. Thinly scattered. Those rare and solitary, these in flocks. – Milton.
  4. Thin; porous; not dense; as, a rare and attenuate substance. Water is nineteen times lighter and by consequence nineteen tines rarer than gold. Newton.
  5. [Sax. hrere.] Nearly raw; imperfectly roasted or boiled as, rare beef or mutton; eggs roasted rare. – Dryden.

Rare
  1. Early.

    [Obs.]

    Rude mechanicals that rare and late
    Work in the market place.
    Chapman.

  2. 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.

    * This word is in common use in the United States, but in England its synonym underdone is preferred.

  3. Not frequent; seldom met with or occurring; unusual; as, a rare event.
  4. 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.

  5. Thinly scattered; dispersed.

    Those rare and solitary, these in flocks. Milton.

  6. 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.

    Syn. -- Scarce; infrequent; unusual; uncommon; singular; extraordinary; incomparable. -- 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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Rare

RARE, adjective [Latin rarus, thin.]

1. Uncommon; not frequent; as a rare event; a rare phenomenon.

2. Unusually excellent; valuable to a degree seldom found.

RARE work, all fill'd with terror and delight.

Above the rest I judge one beauty rare

3. Thinly scattered.

4. Thin; porous; not dense; as a rare and attenuate substance.

Water is nineteen times lighter and by consequence nineteen times rarer than gold.

5. Nearly raw; imperfectly roasted or boiled; as rare beef or mutton; eggs roasted rare

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