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Dictionary definition for: Rare

1. (s) not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness; "a rare word" "rare books"

2. (s) recurring only at long intervals; "a rare appearance" "total eclipses are rare events"

3. (s) not widely distributed; "rare herbs" "rare patches of gree in the desert"

4. (s) 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"

5. (s) having low density; "rare gasses" "lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air"

6. (s) (of meat) cooked a short time; still red inside; "rare roast beef"

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