Rare

Definition of Rare

Pronunciation: râr´ẽr
a.1.Early.
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.

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