1. A seizing by violence; a hurrying along; rapidity with violence. [Obs.]
That 'gainst a rock, or flat, her keel did dashChapman.
With headlong rapture.
2. The state or condition of being rapt, or carried away from one's self by agreeable excitement; violence
of a pleasing passion; extreme joy or pleasure; ecstasy.
Music, when thus applied, raises in the mind of the hearer great conceptions; it strengthens devotion,
and advances praise into rapture.Addison.
You grow correct that once with rapture writ.Pope.
3. A spasm; a fit; a syncope; delirium. [Obs.] Shak.
Syn. Bliss; ecstasy; transport; delight; exultation.
(Rap"ture), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Raptured (-turd; 135); p. pr. & vb. n. Rapturing.] To transport
with excitement; to enrapture. [Poetic] Thomson.
(Rap"tur*ist), n. An enthusiast. [Obs.] J. Spencer.
(Rap"tur*ize) v. t. & i. To put, or be put, in a state of rapture. [R.]
(Rap"tur*ous) a. Ecstatic; transporting; ravishing; feeling, expressing, or manifesting rapture; as,
rapturous joy, pleasure, or delight; rapturous applause.
(Rap"tur*ous*ly), adv. In a rapturous manner.
(Rare) a. [Cf. Rather, Rath.] Early. [Obs.]
Rude mechanicals that rare and lateChapman.
Work in the market place.
(Rare), a. [Compar. Rarer (râr"er); superl. Rarest.] [Cf. AS. hrer, or E. rare early. &radic18.]
Nearly raw; partially cooked; not thoroughly cooked; underdone; as, rare beef or mutton.
New-laid eggs, which Baucis' busy careDryden.
Turned by a gentle fire, and roasted rare.
This word is in common use in the United States, but in England its synonym underdone is preferred.
(Rare), a. [Compar. Rarer (râr"er); 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.