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Rare gas

another name for inert gas (sense 1)


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  • Rarely

    [rair-lee] /ˈrɛər li/ adverb 1. on occasions; infrequently; seldom: I’m rarely late for appointments. 2. exceptionally; in an unusual degree. 3. unusually or remarkably well; excellent. /ˈrɛəlɪ/ adverb 1. hardly ever; seldom: I’m rarely in town these days 2. to an unusual degree; exceptionally 3. (dialect) uncommonly well; excellently: he did rarely at market yesterday […]

  • Rarely ever

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  • 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)

  • Rarer

    [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; […]

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