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- n. Alternative form of rarefaction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See rarefaction.
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In an age in which fiction tends toward an ever and ever greater rarification, and movies toward an ever more repellent brutalization, these series have saved something, if only by tuning a true ear to certain levels of American idiom.
He also found that the formation of one or other type of ray is determined by the degree of gas rarification in the discharge tube.
The air is exhausted to the desired degree of rarification.
The depressing heat of a dog-day and the rarification of the air give to the least sound made by human beings all its signification.
Five centuries later, we've seen the distancing and rarification of "Art," on the one hand, into a realm accessible only to the supposed cognoscenti -- those capable of affording its offerings and understanding its criticism -- and, on the other, into underground forms born out of alienation and disaffection, which often subsequently become popular and vibrant, but whose adherents seem increasingly disassociated from their own historical / cultural roots.