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Rife \Rife\, a. [AS. r[=i]f abundant, or Icel. r[=i]fr munificent; akin to OD. riff, rijve, abundant.]

  1. Prevailing; prevalent; abounding.

    Before the plague of London, inflammations of the lungs were rife and mortal.

    Even now the tumult of loud mirth Was rife, and perfect in may listening ear.

  2. Having power; active; nimble. [Obs.]

    What! I am rife a little yet.
    --J. Webster. [1913 Webster] -- Rife"ly, adv. -- Rife"ness, n.


n. Quality of being rife.