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rare

adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a common/rare disorder
▪ Acne is a very common skin disorder.
a rare condition
▪ He had a rare condition which made all his hair fall out.
a rare exception
▪ Books on philosophy can be quite dull, but this is a rare exception.
a rare honour (=a very special honour that is not given to many people)
▪ Being asked to paint a portrait for the queen is a rare honour for any artist.
a rare occasion (=used when something does not happen often)
▪ Only on rare occasions did she ever receive a letter.
a rare phenomenon
▪ Planes have occasionally disappeared in midair, but this is a rare phenomenon.
a rare/scarce commodity
▪ Soap was a scarce commodity during the war.
a rare/unique opportunity
▪ a unique opportunity to stay in a real castle
a rare/unusual event
▪ A sighting of a white deer is a rare event.
comparatively rare
▪ Crime on the island is comparatively rare.
frequent/rare/common occurrence
▪ Laughter was a rare occurrence in his classroom.
▪ Flooding in the area is a common occurrence.
rare breed (=there are not many of them)
▪ Dodd was one of that rare breed who could make the game of football look simple.
rare
▪ She suffers from a rare bone disease.
rare
▪ A number of rare flowers grow in these woods.
rare
▪ Many rare plants were collected from India and China.
rare
▪ The area contains many rare species of plants.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
as
▪ Here is a black middle-class man speaking: Professional blacks are treated as rare specimens by most of their white colleagues.
▪ But trips home for Arizona firefighters this summer promise to be as rare as a monsoon rain on Memorial Day.
▪ But we know that three-generational households were in fact as rare in the past as they are today.
▪ Perfect honesty in public life is as rare as anti-matter.
▪ Canaletto views of London of this quality are as rare as the Holbein.
▪ That's because, around Britain's rain-lashed resorts, they're about as rare as two weeks of continuous sunshine.
▪ The big ocean-going booms with their kite sails were becoming as rare as square-rigged schooners or clipper ships.
comparatively
▪ Deaths before the age of 65, so-called premature deaths, are comparatively rare.
▪ With comparatively rare and usually eccentric exceptions, the rich have been opposed.
▪ Among the mammals they are comparatively rare.
▪ A comparatively rare plant, Acorus is propagated with difficulty but it is a very decorative plant when used in aquariums.
▪ This is probably a comparatively rare occurrence for small mammals, but it certainly does occur.
▪ But, once again, these complications are comparatively rare, and, these days, fairly easy to treat.
▪ In the home, by contrast, communications other than voice telephones, are unfamiliar and comparatively rare.
▪ Policy analysis needs to be concerned with a flow of interrelated policies, with abrupt changes of direction a comparatively rare occurrence.
extremely
▪ In some species, only females appear to exist - males are either extremely rare or non-existent.
▪ This is an extremely rare condition, the cause of which is not known.
▪ International concern for these extremely rare mammals arose after thousands of grey seals were wiped out by the canine distemper virus.
▪ Primary pulmonary hypertension is extremely rare, afflicting about 1, 500 people in the United States.
▪ There are other extremely rare complications.
▪ But such moves have been extremely rare.
▪ The extremely rare use of the bare infinitive with the passive of perceptual verbs adds further proof that this is the case.
▪ However, end-stage renal failure caused by chronic hypokalemia is extremely rare in humans.
quite
▪ As the Gypsey Race meanders through the estate it encourages and supports much wildlife and some quite rare birds.
▪ Such formations are believed to have been used for determining the solstices and other events and are quite rare.
▪ Impeachment is quite rare in presidential systems.
▪ She's due to have a hip replacement operation in a few weeks time. Quite rare for some one so young.
▪ Therefore, detailed supervision was observed to be quite rare.
▪ Badgers are quite rare in the Doncaster area, where digging and baiting is said to be rife.
▪ A game that can be played by all the family is quite rare so this is sure to be popular among readers.
relatively
▪ Much of this ambiguity arises through relatively rare usages of the words.
▪ Although television and newspaper reports about malformed children abound, it is reassuring to appreciate that abnormalities are relatively rare.
▪ Fortunately, full-blown flu epidemics are relatively rare.
▪ But, given that penguins are relatively rare birds, that turned out to be prohibitively expensive.
▪ Others find things are worse but this is relatively rare.
▪ Pech-Merle also contains some of the relatively rare engravings of human female forms.
▪ Nevertheless, the expulsion of a bishop was a relatively rare phenomenon.
▪ Such refusals or unspoken enmities are relatively rare: but they always point to the heart of a civilization.
so
▪ These days the practice of story-telling is so rare that it has acquired the status of an art form.
▪ In 1983, bonuses had been so rare that the bureau did not even keep statistics on the number.
▪ Because neurological syphilis is so rare these days, the call for lumbar puncture is limited.
▪ One final, explosive question remains: Why did a virus that was once so rare suddenly burst into a global pandemic?
▪ This kind of love is so rare as to be almost unbelievable.
▪ She especially appreciated his willingness, so rare in the men she knew, to reveal and analyze his feelings.
▪ Such unions are so rare that, of course, they pose no real problem or threat for the legal system.
▪ There were examples of prion diseases, but the ones that afflicted humans were so rare as to be medical oddities.
too
▪ Fun board winds are too rare for experts, who should go to another of our centres.
▪ Apart from Mary, however, black images are too rare to arouse much comment or controversy.
▪ Don't throw love away, it's too rare a thing.
▪ Given those very general and not too rare qualities, people probably automatically help others.
▪ Because of the language barrier and culture shock, such insights are far too rare.
▪ Geothermal energy is, basically, far too rare and too low-grade for widespread economic use.
▪ When the new shops open, they also have that all too rare mainland commodity - customers - and plenty of them.
▪ This may seem like a classic New Hampshire primary moment, but it has been all too rare for the Forbes campaign.
very
▪ A few have summered annually since 1966, but breeding is still very rare.
▪ For workers in small firms employment guarantees are very rare, working hours are longer and safety records poor.
▪ Conservative Democrats are a very, very rare breed today in the Deep South.
▪ It is very rare to have this feeling with another person.
▪ For these serious psychiatric conditions the onset of new cases in later life appears to be very rare.
▪ Although changes in liver function tests are very rare, three cases of severe acute hepatitis secondary to piroxicam have been reported.
■ NOUN
bird
▪ We missed out on some of the rare birds.
▪ But, given that penguins are relatively rare birds, that turned out to be prohibitively expensive.
▪ As the Gypsey Race meanders through the estate it encourages and supports much wildlife and some quite rare birds.
▪ During the nineteenth century it retreated west of the Mississippi, and by 1880 was a rare bird everywhere.
▪ At the Cotswold Wildlife Park devices are fitted to their rare birds which are housed in large strengthened cages.
▪ He is that rare bird, the night-owl who likes talking without the prop of a strong drink in his hands.
▪ It is home to a number of rare birds and animals, including Grant's Bush Baby.
▪ She is a fairly rare bird.
books
▪ The library of that house contains among many other rare books, three sets of Leapor's poems.
▪ It's one of those rare books of comic genius that imprints itself on the brain and can never afterwards be eradicated.
▪ The original store and its entire stock of rare books, letters and autographs, was destroyed by fire in 1980.
▪ It is one of those rare books the love of which can easily turn into an addiction.
▪ The rare books on this subject which make it to press do not remain in the shops.
▪ The space devoted to rare books was very much smaller than to the secondhand.
breed
▪ The Farm Park specializes in showing the public rare breeds of farm animals.
▪ Though Manhattan sports any number of bars capable of making a great drink, the grand hotel bar is a rare breed.
▪ The farm at the site operates a rare breeds centre and also has a tea room with traditional fare.
▪ Lovelock was very rare breed in modern science.
▪ In this respect Anderson is a rare breed among geophysicists, an avowed generalist.
▪ Demand for the rare breed products is growing.
▪ Conservative Democrats are a very, very rare breed today in the Deep South.
case
▪ There are even rare cases when the employer accepts that you might be innocent and yet is entitled to dismiss you.
▪ In a few rare cases, lava flows on land have taken place just as the magnetic field was undergoing a reversal.
▪ This, however, I am sad to relate, is a very rare case.
▪ I have a rare case of something with a big name I can't pronounce.
▪ In heavy infections there may be severe cirrhosis and ascites and, in rare cases, liver failure and death.
▪ Head teachers say governors don't show any interest - or in the very rare case show too much.
▪ In rare cases where components differ in some way they will be pleased to give additional support.
event
▪ In fact, this is a very rare event.
▪ The bottom line is, these things are very, very rare events.
▪ A completely normal delivery is a rare event these days.
▪ Scientists used to think of mutations as rare events.
▪ Astronomers need much longer observation times and a constant altitude to pick up faint signals or observe rare events.
▪ The Speaker only votes in the rare event of a tie.
example
▪ The organ is a rare example of the Gothic Revival style from the beginning of the 18C.
▪ Souverain continues to offer consistently fine value with this rare example of a moderately priced California Chardonnay with character.
▪ Like Sylvia Plath s Edge, it is a rare example of the writer recording the act she is about to perform.
▪ It is a rare example of ecumenism - on a day other than a Friday - across party lines.
▪ Chatteris in the Cambridgeshire fens might be a rare example.
▪ Such survivals in the unbroken tradition of the cottage garden are now rare examples of such excellence and are very scarce indeed.
▪ This is a rare example of Rococo in Prague.
▪ The evidence is undeniably circumstantial; the rare examples of actual letting usually come in the form of licences to demise.
exception
▪ With rare exceptions, very few patients either understand or utilize the data on physician credentials that are available to them.
▪ With rare exceptions, it was also inordinately expensive.
▪ In nature the green form lives in green places and the yellow form in yellow and brown places, with rare exceptions.
▪ Order and group conformity through bureaucratic systematization became the rule of the day; disobedience and open rebellion the rare exception.
▪ Human rights activists say that case is a rare exception.
▪ With one rare exception, all such cell membranes permit translocation in only one direction.
▪ With rare exceptions, they were nominated essentially by the local aristocracy, particularly by the Duke of Newcastle.
▪ With rare exceptions, world champions are bullied and beaten into fighting shape on the streets.
gift
▪ It is a state of exaltation of the individual, a great and rare gift of a great and rare invigorating dream.
▪ He had a rare gift for casting presidential power in heroic terms.
▪ Unfortunately skilled chairmanship is a rare gift.
▪ Great Groups are made up of people with rare gifts working together as equals.
▪ Hicks displays a rare gift of extracting informed humour from randomly assembled streams of bemused observation.
▪ He is a writer of rare gifts, and among his gifts is a capacity to wound.
▪ But Luke turned out to have the rare gift of making his subject not merely comprehensible, but absorbingly interesting.
▪ But he was very systematic in his descriptions and had a rare gift for the significant detail.
instance
▪ Once your case is concluded you can not, except in very rare instances, return to seek further compensation.
▪ In rare instances, they were even given plantations and slaves of their own.
▪ In exceedingly rare instances, a neoplasm or arteriovenous malformation may be the cause.
▪ Typically the two communities exchange correspondence, gifts and, in rare instances, visits.
▪ In rare instances, parkinsonian patients taking levodopa experience increased libido as a side effect.
▪ Yet a few rare instances provide us with at least a general sense of the magnitude of this particular organizational cost.
▪ In rare instances, he sees the desert gently.
moment
▪ This is because the democracies stand at a rare moment in history.
▪ Even the rare moments of repose were filled with plans.
▪ It is a rare moment of literary shrewdness in Quills.
▪ Children are supervised the whole day, except for rare moments when the teacher slips away and an older student replaces him.
▪ Maybe never, Kirov dared to reflect, in a rare moment of optimism.
▪ With Stephen, for example, there were only rare moments when she would come face to face with his desperate position.
▪ He had noticed that in rare moments of stress she was apt to revert to her original Cockney.
▪ The bombing spawned a rare moment of national consensus and healing.
occasion
▪ It was a special moment, a rare occasion to see them walking.
▪ On rare occasions, owners fail to redeem their property and the county government deeds it over to the investor.
▪ The best strategy is to have small males who stick like glue on the rare occasions when one makes the grade.
▪ On rare occasions one even sings, but haltingly.
▪ On the rare occasion where we need the additional quality of typesetting the only thing we need to take are the disks.
▪ On rare occasions, they preach.
▪ On the very rare occasion I have fished a single caster on a size 20 hook.
▪ On rare occasions, some greyhounds race beyond their sixth birthday.
occurrence
▪ This is probably a comparatively rare occurrence for small mammals, but it certainly does occur.
▪ A knock on this door, up here on the fifth floor, especially at night, is a rare occurrence.
▪ In practice parents' associations are incredibly supportive and these problems are a rare occurrence.
▪ The Millers said bears in the camp are a rare occurrence.
▪ Clearly, crime is not a rare occurrence, but it is hidden methodically, and this raises problems for research.
▪ This was, of course, an extremely rare occurrence.
▪ Policy analysis needs to be concerned with a flow of interrelated policies, with abrupt changes of direction a comparatively rare occurrence.
▪ You depict rare occurrences - like Westerners paying for foster children to visit their affluent country - as a major problem.
opportunity
▪ These records provided a rare opportunity to study the attenuation of strong seismic waves as a means of assessing seismic hazard.
▪ I believe that in his treatment of me, I had the rare opportunity to see exactly how a person treats himself.
▪ Otherwise Signor Gismondi would not have granted you this rare opportunity.
▪ They are a rare opportunity to penetrate the usual wall of indifference.
▪ I only ask because you may miss a rare opportunity to improve you life in April, due to misplaced prejudice.
▪ Today is a rare opportunity for Ulster Members to have parliamentary time.
▪ It represents a rare opportunity to bring your own bottle, without incurring a corkage fee.
plant
▪ The area also has a range of fragile eco-systems and rare plants including button grass, alpine meadow and snow gum.
▪ A comparatively rare plant, Acorus is propagated with difficulty but it is a very decorative plant when used in aquariums.
▪ These include dragonflies, in particular the blue tailed damselfly, and several rare plant species.
▪ The hotel is full of charm and character and Penny Rawson's beloved and rare plants.
▪ Comments: A rare plant, needing special conditions.
▪ Some rare plants such as orchids are found here.
▪ A 73-acre site at Black Snib, near Carlisle, had been provisionally designated because of its rare plants and wildlife.
▪ The colour and texture of foliage is an essential part of the design, with many rare plants.
sight
▪ The guests fell upon the centaurs and drove them out of the country, so they are now a rare sight indeed.
▪ Ragged children run up to approaching cars with delight because motorized vehicles are a rare sight.
▪ In the big clashes it was a rare sight.
▪ Mountain lions, once a rare sight, are becoming almost commonplace.
▪ Nowadays it's a rare sight.
▪ A rare sight! - empty seats in a meeting room.
▪ Leicester then began to indulge themselves in some fancy patterns-a rare sight.
▪ I felt very privileged to have stumbled upon such a rare sight.
species
▪ Last year rare species worth half a million pounds pounds have been stolen in raids around the country.
▪ Or suppose the individual is an eaglet of a rare species anxiously watched by conservationists in its nest.
▪ But where there are sellers there are buyers, and it was this latter rare species we had set our sights on.
▪ The rule is an attempt to prevent harm to pets or rare species that may wander into the traps.
▪ But the subject of both pieces is a rare species and one of the genuine and original characters.
▪ This time the threat is not to man, but to rare species of seal, por poise and sea birds.
▪ Another area is farming rare species.
▪ When I went to Webber Douglas they practically fell on any man as a rare species.
thing
▪ The path meanders off toward a horizon line, a rare thing in a Waid painting.
▪ Atomised is, however, that rare thing, a novel of ideas that comes close to working.
▪ Guests, callers, co-hosts -- everybody got their time to speak without being interrupted, a rare thing these days.
▪ He was that rare thing in any society, especially in an impecunious society under arms: a leader who was loved.
▪ The truly personal diary, intended for purely personal perusal, is a rare thing.
▪ He is that rare thing, a chap who's made a hit by being passive.
▪ Corbett was not only a great hunter and practical naturalist, he was also that rare thing, a natural writer.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ A new law to prevent the export of rare birds is to be introduced.
▪ He had that rare gift of being able to impart enthusiasm to others.
▪ Huston is a film-maker who has achieved a rare kind of beauty in his work.
▪ In a rare moment of vanity, Carl removed his glasses.
▪ In Cholon's narrow streets, Europeans were far rarer than on the boulevards of Saigon.
▪ It is very rare for anyone to actually die from bee stings in this country.
▪ On the rare occasions when we had to work hard, we enjoyed it.
▪ Shannon suffers from a rare form of cancer.
▪ She bore her illness with rare courage.
▪ Snow is a rare sight here, except on the mountains.
▪ The palace library contains some of the rarest books in Europe.
▪ They're pretty rare. Only about a hundred were made.
▪ Tim collects rare stamps.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Black seeds are the most pungent, the most rare, and the most difficult to harvest.
▪ It is a state of exaltation of the individual, a great and rare gift of a great and rare invigorating dream.
▪ Like Sylvia Plath s Edge, it is a rare example of the writer recording the act she is about to perform.
▪ Second, he has the rare quality of inner toughness and great compassion.
▪ The Duchess of Beaufort is also mentioned as having additional rare sorts in her garden at Badminton.
▪ Their individuality has always made them rare, and now, perhaps, they are thinning out even more.
▪ This may well be one of those rare occasions when light aircraft pilots have the opportunity to shape something that affects them.
▪ With Stephen, for example, there were only rare moments when she would come face to face with his desperate position.
Wikipedia

Rare

Rare may refer to:

  • Rare, a particular temperature of meat
  • Something infrequent or scarce, see Scarcity.

:* Rare species, a conservation category in biology designating the scarcity of an organism and implying a threat to its viability

Rare or RARE may also refer to:

Rare (Asia album)

Rare is the eighth studio album by British rock band Asia, released in 2000. It is completely instrumental, and the only performers on this CD are John Payne and Geoff Downes. Tracks 1–16 were created for David Attenborough's nature film, "Salmon: Against the Tides", and 17–22 for an unreleased CD Rom video game. Rare is Asia's first studio album not titled with a word beginning and ending with the letter 'a'.

Rare (Serbian band)

Rare are a Serbian alternative rock band from Belgrade.

Rare (conservation organization)

Rare is an international conservation organization whose stated mission is to help communities adopt sustainable behaviors toward their natural environment and resources. The organization uses marketing techniques and technical interventions to address threats like overfishing, deforestation and unsustainable agricultural practices. Rare’s work is founded on the belief that most of the threats faced by the environment are the result of human behavior, and that changing human behavior requires appealing to people using both rational and emotional arguments and removing any barriers that might prevent change.

Rare (company)

Rare is a British video game developer located in Twycross, Leicestershire. The company was established in 1985 by Tim and Chris Stamper, founders of Ultimate Play the Game. During its early years, Rare was backed by an unlimited budget from Nintendo, primarily concentrated on Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games. During this time they created successful titles such as Wizards & Warriors, Battletoads, and R.C. Pro-Am. Rare became a prominent second-party developer for Nintendo, who came to own a large minority stake of the company. During this period, Rare received international recognition and critical acclaim for games such as Donkey Kong Country, GoldenEye 007, Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, and Conker's Bad Fur Day.

In 2002, Microsoft acquired Rare, who retained their original brand, logo, and most intellectual properties. It has since focused on developing games exclusively for Microsoft Studios' video game consoles. Notable releases include Kameo: Elements of Power, Perfect Dark Zero and Viva Piñata. In 2007, founders Tim and Chris Stamper left the company to pursue "other opportunities" and, in 2010, the company's focus shifted to the Xbox Live Avatar and Kinect, releasing three different Kinect Sports games. In 2015, Rare released Rare Replay, a compilation of 30 games produced by the company to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Rare is currently working on Sea of Thieves, a multiplayer adventure game.

Several key employees left Rare to form their own companies, such as Free Radical Design and Playtonic Games. Rare was widely recognised by the gaming industry and received numerous accolades from critics and journalists. Rare's operation was often held off from critics, and the company is often described as secretive and seclusive.

Rare (Northern Irish band)

Rare were a Northern Irish trip hop band in the 1990s from Derry. The line-up consisted of singer Mary Gallagher, Locky Morris, Seán Ó'Néill (aka John O'Neill, formerly of The Undertones and That Petrol Emotion) and David Whiteside. Morris and Ó'Néill were the main songwriters. Their music was sometimes labeled as trip hop.

Despite some positive reviews in the music press, their only notable chart appearance was the single "Something Wild" which reached #57 in the UK Singles Chart in 1996. Rare disbanded soon after the release of their first and only album in 1998.

Rare (David Bowie album)

Rare (often known as Bowie Rare) was a compilation released by RCA Records to cash in on David Bowie for the 1982 Christmas market. The artist's relations with the company were at a low – Bowie had recorded his last music for RCA with the Baal EP, and had been annoyed by the release of a five-year-old duet with Bing Crosby (" Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy") as a single without his consultation. Bowie let it be known he was unhappy with the Rare package, and would sign with EMI for his next album. All of the songs were being issued for the first time on an LP and cassette.

The compilation contained rarities ranging from 1969 to 1980. There is no CD reissue of this compilation, and such a release seems unlikely as much of the content is available on other CDs.

On the UK Album Chart, where it remained for eleven weeks, the album peaked at number 34. It was not issued in the USA.

Rare (website)

Rare is an American website for viral news, original content and opinion, based in Washington, D.C.. Rare was launched as a startup in 2013 by a team of journalists, marketers and business executives at Atlanta-based Cox Media Group. Rare's slogan is, “America's News Feed". Rare describes itself as a, news, political and lifestyle social content hub".

As of April 2015, the site averages 40 million monthly visitors. The publication's editorial director is Will Alford, one of the site's original founders and a former newsroom director at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Betsi Fores, formerly of The Daily Caller, is Rare's managing editor, and Jack Hunter, former aide to Sen. Rand Paul, is the politics editor.

Rare has been compared to the websites Independent Journal Review, BuzzFeed, and The Huffington Post. The website has been described as libertarian-conservative, targeting a younger audience.

Rare (Gwen Stefani song)

"Rare" is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Gwen Stefani from her third studio album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like (2016). It was released on March 18, 2016, along with the rest of This Is What the Truth Feels Like by Interscope Records. The track was written by Stefani, Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels, and Greg Kurstin; Kurstin was the track's sole producer.

"Rare" is an electropop and folk pop influenced song and serves as the album's closing track. Lyrically, the song discusses finding love when all hope was lost. Several media outlets speculated that "Rare" was written about Stefani's boyfriend Blake Shelton and his ex-wife Miranda Lambert. "Rare" received generally favorable reviews from music critics, some of which called the song "glamorous" and predicted that it would become a future "summer hit".

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Rare

Rare \Rare\ (r[^a]r), a. [Cf. Rather, Rath.] Early. [Obs.]

Rude mechanicals that rare and late Work in the market place.
--Chapman.

Rare

Rare \Rare\, a. [Compar. Rarer (r[^a]r"[~e]r); superl. Rarest.] [Cf. AS. hr[=e]r, or E. rare early. [root]18.] Nearly raw; partially cooked; not thoroughly cooked; underdone; as, rare beef or mutton.

New-laid eggs, which Baucis' busy care Turned by a gentle fire, and roasted rare.
--Dryden.

Note: This word is in common use in the United States, but in England its synonym underdone is preferred.

Rare

Rare \Rare\, a. [Compar. Rarer (r[^a]r"[~e]r); superl. Rarest.] [F., fr. L. rarus thin, rare.]

  1. Not frequent; seldom met with or occurring; unusual; as, a rare event.

  2. Of an uncommon nature; unusually excellent; valuable to a degree seldom found.

    Rare work, all filled with terror and delight.
    --Cowley.

    Above the rest I judge one beauty rare.
    --Dryden.

  3. Thinly scattered; dispersed.

    Those rare and solitary, these in flocks.
    --Milton.

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

    Water is nineteen times lighter, and by consequence nineteen times rarer, than gold.
    --Sir I. Newton.

    Syn: Scarce; infrequent; unusual; uncommon; singular; extraordinary; incomparable.

    Usage: Rare, Scarce. We call a thing rare when but few examples, specimens, or instances of it are ever to be met with; as, a rare plant. We speak of a thing as scarce, which, though usually abundant, is for the time being to be had only in diminished quantities; as, a bad harvest makes corn scarce.

    A perfect union of wit and judgment is one of the rarest things in the world.
    --Burke.

    When any particular piece of money grew very scarce, it was often recoined by a succeeding emperor.
    --Addison.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

rare

"unusual," late 14c., "thin, airy, porous;" mid-15c., "few in number and widely separated, sparsely distributed, seldom found;" from Old French rere "sparse" (14c.), from Latin rarus "thinly sown, having a loose texture; not thick; having intervals between, full of empty spaces," from PIE *ra-ro-, from root *ere- "to separate; adjoin" (cognates: Sanskrit rte "besides, except," viralah "distant, tight, rare;" Old Church Slavonic rediku "rare," Old Hittite arhaš "border," Lithuanian irti "to be dissolved"). "Few in number," hence, "unusual." Related: Rareness. In chemistry, rare earth is from 1818.

rare

"undercooked," 1650s, variant of Middle English rere, from Old English hrere "lightly cooked," probably related to hreran "to stir, move, shake, agitate," from Proto-Germanic *hror- (cognates: Old Frisian hrera "to stir, move," Old Saxon hrorian, Dutch roeren, German rühren, Old Norse hroera), from PIE base *kere- "to mix, confuse; cook" (cognates: Greek kera- "to mix," krasis "mixture"). Originally of eggs, not recorded in reference to meat until 1784, and according to OED, in this sense "formerly often regarded as an Americanism, although it was current in many English dialects ...."

rare

"rise up," 1833, dialectal variant of rear (v.1). Sense of "eager" (in raring to go) first recorded 1909. Related: Rared; raring.

Wiktionary

rare

Etymology 1

  1. (context cooking particularly meats English) Cooked very lightly, so the meat is still red (in the case of steak or beef in the general sense). alt. (context cooking particularly meats English) Cooked very lightly, so the meat is still red (in the case of steak or beef in the general sense). Etymology 2

    a. Very uncommon; scarce. Etymology 3

    v

  2. 1 (context US intransitive English) To rear, rise up, start backwards. 2 (context US transitive English) To rear, bring up, raise. Etymology 4

    a. (context obsolete English) early

WordNet

rare

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

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

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

  4. 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" [syn: uncommon]

  5. having low density; "rare gasses"; "lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air" [syn: rarefied, rarified]

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

Usage examples of "rare".

Oswald Brunies, the strutting, candy-sucking teacher -- a monument will be erected to him -- to him with magnifying glass on elastic, with sticky bag in sticky coat pocket, to him who collected big stones and little stones, rare pebbles, preferably mica gneiss -- muscovy biotite -- quartz, feldspar, and hornblende, who picked up pebbles, examined them, rejected or kept them, to him the Big Playground of the Conradinum was not an abrasive stumbling block but a lasting invitation to scratch about with the tip of his shoe after nine rooster steps.

The world that you see in dim light is similar to the world of the achromat, that rare person who has no color vision at all.

Lepi, who though a hunchback was very talented and an excellent actress, was sure of exciting desire by the rare beauty of her eyes and teeth, which latter challenged admiration from her enormous mouth by their regularity and whiteness.

I had not thought of that theory it seems to me so plausible, now that you mention it, that I think the officers will show rare acumen if they adopt it.

The singular jealousy of the Venetians for the solidarity of their government, with their no less singular jealousy of individual aggrandizement, together with the rare perception of mental characteristics that was fostered by the daily culture of the councils in which every noble took his part, led them constantly to ignore their selfish hopes in order to choose the right man for the place.

In rare cases, however, there can be a slight aggravation of the symptoms on commencing treatment.

From the twenty-sixth of August to the second of September, that is from the battle of Borodino to the entry of the French into Moscow, during the whole of that agitating, memorable week, there had been the extraordinary autumn weather that always comes as a surprise, when the sun hangs low and gives more heat than in spring, when everything shines so brightly in the rare clear atmosphere that the eyes smart, when the lungs are strengthened and refreshed by inhaling the aromatic autumn air, when even the nights are warm, and when in those dark warm nights, golden stars startle and delight us continually by falling from the sky.

Predictors, akinetic mutism was very rare, a result of damage to the anterior cin-gulate region of the brain.

On rare occasions one or other of us had sight of the Cavaliere Aquamorta, who maintained the same magnificence at the Albergo del Sole, and was reputed to be making large sums with his faro-bank.

One lucky person will receive the alexandrite, but in order to be fair to all, no one must mention the rare gem.

Rom had shared a rare moment of rapport in their guilty, private pleasure every time Dukat came to the bar with whoever his latest comfort woman was and regaled her with the story of Admiral Alkene, ending with a grandiloquent toast and salute to the mural.

Life of Caxton, the reader will find interesting examples of the earliest woodcut blocks illustrating the quaint and rare tomes issued by the Almonry, Westminster, also at Oxford.

When later Connie had drawn attention to it, he had informed her that it was a rare flaming alopecia plant.

Connie discovers that alopecia is a scalp condition and not a variety of rare winter-flowering plant?

Such lacquered lohans are extremely rare, but the Ancestress possessed no less than twelve of them.