1. A seizing by violence; a hurrying along; rapidity with violence. [Obs.]

That 'gainst a rock, or flat, her keel did dash
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.

You grow correct that once with rapture writ.

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 late
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 care
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.

Above the rest I judge one beauty rare.

3. Thinly scattered; dispersed.

Those rare and solitary, these in flocks.

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.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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