from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- v. Variant of rarefy.
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- v. Alternative spelling of rarefy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A common but incorrect spelling of rarefy.
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- v. make more complex, intricate, or richer
For a poem that is about the wish for freedom to be common, the word choice seems to rarify, rather than familiarize, the diction.
That there is an Air abroad sufficient to divide and resolve them, or the Heat of the Sun has been strong enough to exhale them, that is, to rarify them, so as to render them lighter than the Air through which they were to pass.
The air consequently was damp and gross, for want of stronger rays to open and rarify it.
As a matter of fact, a fairly high vacuum can be maintained with the air pump closed down, and only the indirect pumping action of the falling water operating to rarify the contents of the condenser body.
To apply a cup, shave the skin and oil it; then take a narrow-mouthed glass, rarify the air within it by introducing a taper in full flame for a second, withdraw the taper and instantly apply the mouth of the glass to the skin and hold it closely applied till the cooling tends to form a vacuum in the glass and to draw up the skin, like a sucker.
Their method of doing it is this: they hold one of these dry sticks in each hand, and by rubbing them hard and quick together, rarify the air in such a manner as to fetch fire in ten minutes.
The Westover Manuscripts: Containing the History of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina; A Journey to the Land of Eden, A. D. 1733; and A Progress to the Mines. Written from 1728 to 1736, and Now First Published
This may rarify the contrapuntal structures, making them easier to follow, but it comes at the expense of a certain elemental timelessness.
The sub - stance of these alienable privileges has been refined to a rapor; and the splendid evanescence, that remains, is nothing but the air-blown bubble of the school-boy, whose tenuous essence has scarce weight enough to gravitate, or density to rarify, and will vai. ish in a sun-beam, or dissolve at the touch.
Now the more that the stronger man’s inner tendencies are defined, the more he can be sure they will show, the more nessessity to rarify them, to use them sparingly.
College; and some demonstration that the heat and cold of the weather do rarify and condense the very body of glasse, as in a bolt head 'with cold water in it put into hot water, shall first by rarifying the glasse make the water sink, and then when the heat comes to the water makes that rise again, and then put into cold water makes the water by condensing the glass to rise, and then when the cold comes to the water makes it sink, which is very pretty and true, he saw it tried.
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