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Definitions of rare

  1. having low density; " rare gasses"; " lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air"
  2. not widely distributed; " rare herbs"; " rare patches of gree in the desert"
  3. not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness; " a rare word"; " rare books"
  4. ( of meat) cooked a short time; still red inside; " rare roast beef"
  5. recurring only at long intervals; " a rare appearance"; " total eclipses are rare events"
  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"
  7. Early.
  8. Nearly raw; partially cooked; not thoroughly cooked; underdone; as, rare beef or mutton.
  9. Not frequent; seldom met with or occurring; unusual; as, a rare event.
  10. Of an uncommon nature; unusually excellent; valuable to a degree seldom found.
  11. Thinly scattered; dispersed.
  12. Characterized by wide separation of parts; of loose texture; not thick or dense; thin; as, a rare atmosphere at high elevations.
  13. Rareness.
  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.
  15. Rarely.
  16. Rarer.
  17. Rarest.
  18. ( comp. RARER, superl. RAREST), Thin: of a loose texture: not dense: uncommon: excellent: extraordinary.
  19. Thin: uncommon; excellent.
  20. Infrequent; exceptionally valuable; choice.
  21. Rarefied; thin.
  22. Not thoroughly cooked; said especially of beef.
  23. Thinly scattered; not dense; porous; not frequent; scarce; unusually excellent; nearly raw.
  24. Occurring but seldom; scarce; unusual; unusually excellent; incomparable; thin; not dense.
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Usage examples for rare

  1. It is a rare opportunity. – A Cathedral Singer by James Lane Allen
  2. There was not a corner of this rare country that he did not know. – The Idol of Paris by Sarah Bernhardt
  3. These moments were rare with her, however. – The Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton, Part 2 (of 10) by Edith Wharton
  4. Is it not rare – King Lear's Wife; The Crier by Night; The Riding to Lithend; Midsummer-Eve; Laodice and Danaë by Gordon Bottomley
  5. Plasidas and other rare pieces, ed. – The English Novel in the Time of Shakespeare by J. J. Jusserand
  6. And a rare two hours' climb we had. – Above the Snow Line by Clinton Thomas Dent
  7. But, in the ordinary working mine, it is rare – The Boy With the U.S. Miners by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  8. But these moments had grown rare – The Greater Inclination by Edith Wharton
  9. Madigan's rare laugh rang out. – The Madigans by Miriam Michelson
  10. Isabel smiled in her rare way. – The Higher Court by Mary Stewart Daggett
  11. But such luck is very rare – Editorials-from-the-Hearst-Newspapers by Brisbane, Arthur
  12. In this story I have told my own opinion- which is of no interest to anyone- of such rare men as Garshin. – Letters of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov Translated by Constance Garnett
  13. But a single step is all that is necessary, except in rare cases. – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  14. It was rare fun for him. – Landolin by Berthold Auerbach
  15. And when the four children seized and held her, declaring that she should not leave them, a rare smile lighted up his weary face for a moment, and he stretched out his hand to her with such a tender look of love as she had never in her life received from any one but her father. – Gritli's Children by Johanna Spyri
  16. How many rare things were in him! – Character by Samuel Smiles
  17. " She is old enough to be my mother, sir," I whispered; " and this time, at any rare she has told you the truth." – Jezebel's Daughter by Wilkie Collins
  18. Fate was playing, less on him than through him, a rare practical joke- no more. – The Mayor of Troy by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  19. For market I prefer Ben Davis and Jonathan; and for family orchard Rare Ripe, Maiden's Blush, and Winesap. – The Apple by Various
  20. At such moments, which are rare with me, I fall silent; and so I stood, while the strange rage shook me, and passed, leaving me cold and very quiet. – The Reckoning by Robert W. Chambers
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