[rap-cher-uh s] /ˈræp tʃər əs/
full of, feeling, or manifesting ecstatic joy or delight.
characterized by, attended with, or expressive of such :
experiencing or manifesting ecstatic joy or delight
1670s, from rapture + -ous. Related: Rapturously (1660s).
abbreviation 1. Royal Australian Regiment revenue agent’s report
[rair-uh ey-vis; Latin rah-rah ah-wis] /ˈrɛər ə ˈeɪ vɪs; Latin ˈrɑ rɑ ˈɑ wɪs/ noun, plural rarae aves [rair-ee ey-veez; Latin rah-rahy ah-wes] /ˈrɛər i ˈeɪ viz; Latin ˈrɑ raɪ ˈɑ wɛs/ (Show IPA) 1. a rare person or thing; rarity. /ˈrɛərə ˈeɪvɪs/ noun (pl) rarae aves (ˈrɛəriː ˈeɪviːz) 1. an unusual, uncommon, or exceptional […]
[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; […]
- Rare back
verb phrase To gather one’s strength; poise oneself for action: She rared back and let him have it [1930s+; fr the verb rear, and the image of a horse rearing on its hind legs]