American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Infrequently occurring; uncommon: a rare event; a plant that is rare in this region.
- adj. Excellent; extraordinary: a rare sense of honor.
- adj. Thin in density: rarefied: rare air.
- adj. Cooked just a short time so as to retain juice and redness: a rare steak.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Thin; porous; not dense; of slight consistence; rarefied; having relatively little matter in a given volume: as, a rare substance; the rare atmosphere of high mountains.
- Thinly scattered; coming or occurring at wide intervals; sparse; dispersed.
- Very uncommon or infrequent; seldom occurring or to be found; hardly ever met with.
- Hence Remarkable from uncommonness; especially, uncommonly good, excellent, valuable, fine, or the like; of an excellence seldom met with.
- Synonyms Rare, Scarce, infrequent, unusual. Rare implies that only few of the kind exist: as, perfect diamonds are rare. Scarce properly implies a previous or usual condition of greater abundance. Rare, means that there are much fewer of a kind to be found than may be found where scarce would apply.
- Singular, extraordinary, incomparable, choice.
- Not thoroughly cooked; partly cooked; underdone: applied to meat: as, rare beef; a rare chop.
- A dialectal form of rear.
- An obsolete form of roar.
- adj. cooking Cooked very lightly, so the meat is still red (in the case of steak or beef in the general sense).
- adj. Very uncommon; scarce.
- adj. of a gas thin; of low density
- v. US, intransitive To rear, rise up, start backwards.
- v. US, transitive To rear, bring up, raise.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Early.
- adj. Nearly raw; partially cooked; not thoroughly cooked; underdone.
- adj. Not frequent; seldom met with or occurring; unusual.
- adj. Of an uncommon nature; unusually excellent; valuable to a degree seldom found.
- adj. Thinly scattered; dispersed.
- adj. Characterized by wide separation of parts; of loose texture; not thick or dense; thin.
- adj. (of meat) cooked a short time; still red inside
- adj. not widely distributed
- adj. not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness
- adj. having low density
- adj. recurring only at long intervals
- adj. marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind
- Variant of rear. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rārus.Middle English rere, lightly boiled, from Old English hrēr; see kerə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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