[rair-lee] /ˈrɛər li/
on occasions; infrequently; seldom:
I’m rarely late for appointments.
exceptionally; in an unusual degree.
unusually or remarkably well; excellent.
hardly ever; seldom: I’m rarely in town these days
to an unusual degree; exceptionally
(dialect) uncommonly well; excellently: he did rarely at market yesterday
1550s, from rare (adj.1) + -ly (2). “Seldom, not often;” also “finely, excellently.”
- Rarely ever
see: hardly ever
- Rare mode
operating system Unix CBREAK mode (character-by-character with keyboard interrupts enabled). Distinguished from raw mode and cooked mode; the phrase “a sort of half-cooked (rare?) mode” is used in the V7/BSD manuals to describe the mode. Usage: rare. [Jargon File] (1995-05-10)
[rair] /rɛər/ adjective, rarer, rarest. 1. coming or occurring far apart in time; unusual; uncommon: a rare disease; His visits are rare occasions. 2. thinly distributed over an area; few and widely separated: Lighthouses are rare on that part of the coast. 3. having the component parts not closely compacted together; not dense: rare gases; […]
[rair-rahyp] /ˈrɛərˌraɪp/ Botany adjective 1. ripening early. noun 2. a fruit or vegetable that ripens early. /ˈrɛəˌraɪp/ adjective 1. ripening early noun 2. a fruit or vegetable that ripens early