What does RARE mean?

Definitions for RARErɛər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rare(adj)

    not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness

    "a rare word"; "rare books"

  2. rare(adj)

    recurring only at long intervals

    "a rare appearance"; "total eclipses are rare events"

  3. rare(adj)

    not widely distributed

    "rare herbs"; "rare patches of green in the desert"

  4. rare, rarefied, rarified(adj)

    having low density

    "rare gasses"; "lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air"

  5. rare, uncommon(adj)

    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"

  6. rare(adj)

    (of meat) cooked a short time; still red inside

    "rare roast beef"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rare(adj)


  2. Rare

    nearly raw; partially cooked; not thoroughly cooked; underdone; as, rare beef or mutton

  3. Rare

    not frequent; seldom met with or occurring; unusual; as, a rare event

  4. Rare

    of an uncommon nature; unusually excellent; valuable to a degree seldom found

  5. Rare

    thinly scattered; dispersed

  6. Rare

    characterized by wide separation of parts; of loose texture; not thick or dense; thin; as, a rare atmosphere at high elevations

  7. Origin: [Cf. Rather, Rath.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rare

    rār, adj. (comp. Rā′rer; superl. Rā′rest) thin: not dense, as rarefied atmosphere: sparse: seldom met with: uncommon: excellent: especially good: extraordinary.—ns. Rāre′bit, an erroneous form of Welsh-rabbit; Rarefac′tion, act of rarefying: expansion of aëriform bodies.—adj. Rar′efiable, capable of being rarefied.—v.t. Rarefy (rar′e-fī, or rā′re-fī), to make rare, thin, or less dense: to expand a body.—v.i. to become less dense:—pa.t. and pa.p. rar′efied.adv. Rāre′ly, seldom: remarkably well.—ns. Rāre′ness, tenuity: scarcity; Rarity (rar′i-ti), state of being rare: thinness: subtilty: something valued for its scarcity: uncommonness. [Fr.,—L. rārus.]

  2. Rare

    rār, adj. underdone—of meat. [A.S. hrēr.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RARE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2186

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RARE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3842

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RARE' in Adjectives Frequency: #274


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of RARE in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of RARE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robert Willens:

    It is fairly rare.

  2. Elizabeth Steensma:

    It is extremely rare.

  3. Deborah Persaud:

    This case is very rare.

  4. Rome Aloise:

    Costco is a rare company.

  5. Josh Gupta-Kagan:

    It is a rare bird of a law.

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