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Below you will find the definition of rarefied, followed by 16 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - lessen the density or solidity of
EXAMPLES - Rarefied in a Sentence
- Isn't it a pity Edison can't invent a machine to rarefy an overdone steak? " (source)
- The air consequently was damp and gross, for want of stronger rays to open and rarefy it. (source)
- But extend this vapour, rarefy it; from so narrow a room as our natural bodies, to any politic body, to a state. (source)
- But as such means are not at disposal, it becomes necessary to place the terminal in a bulb and rarefy the air in the same. (source)
- The echoes shrieked and barked, the hissing balls seemed actually to rarefy the air, and then opaque smoke filled the vault. (source)
- The rarefy of the atmosphere continued to affect the wood-work of the wagons, and the wheels were incessantly falling to pieces. (source)
- Special clamps can be made to hold the cottle in position and are very convenient if many moulds are to be made, but this is rarefy done. (source)
- Thou mayst change the thoughts into new forms; thou mayst rarefy and sublimate it into a finer spirit, -- but thou canst not annihilate that which has no home but in the memory, no substance but the idea. (source)
- I'm no stranger to the Gentri-verse and I ride my bike all the time, and I can't even relate to him--which, I guess, is why I also can't always relate to the "bike culture," since they seem so determined to rarefy the normal. (source)
- Our condensers, which compress, cool, and rarefy air, enabling travellers to obtain water and even ice from the atmosphere, are great aids in desert exploration, removing absolutely the principal distress of the ancient caravan. (source)
- I assumed that when the sun is low the vapours above the edge of the crater and elsewhere cool and condense, thus bending the rays and seeming to lift the sun higher; but after a time the rays heat and rarefy the vapours, thus lowering the sun again. (source)
- Because the elements, on the other hand, can be rarefied and condensed, they can incline the lumen in themselves away from the center of the universe, so as to rarefy it, or toward the center so as to condense it, and this accounts for their natural capacity to move up and down. (source)
- A little further experience teaches the young animal to suck by absorption, as well as by compression; that is, to open the chest as in the beginning of respiration, and thus to rarefy the air in the mouth, that the pressure of the denser external atmosphere may contribute to force out the milk. (source)
- It is certainly possible to take a hollow core of copper, rarefy the gas in the same, and by passing impulses of sufficiently high frequency through a circuit around it, bring the gas inside to a high degree of incandescence; but as to the nature of the forces there would be considerable uncertainty, for it would be doubtful whether with such impulses the copper core would act as a static screen. (source)
- It is then that the flowers of this world bloom brightest; that its sun is the most genial; that its clouds are the scarcest; that its fruit is the most delicious; that the air is the most balmy; that its cigars are of the highest flavor; that the warmth and radiance of early matrimonial felicity so rarefy the intellectual atmosphere that the soul mounts higher, and enjoys a wider prospect, than ever before. (source)
- That the American medical student profits by these opportunities, and learns his clinic lessons well, is proved by the unexpected and evidently unintended testimony which occurs toward the close of the article, where Dr. Wood says, "The great resources of the medical profession in America were proved during the civil war, when there was created in a _few months_ a service which for _magnitude_ and _efficiency_ has _rarefy if ever been equaled_. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 16 example sentences provided below is 45.0, which suggests that "rarefied" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 7 synonyms for rarefied.
cliquish, elevated, esoteric, exalted, lofty, private, select
We have 1 antonym for rarefied.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of rarefied from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To make thin, less compact, or less dense.
- (verb-transitive) To purify or refine.
- (verb-intransitive) To become thin or less compact or dense.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To make rare, thin, porous, or less dense
- (verb) To expand or enlarge without adding any new portion of matter to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) To make rare, thin, porous, or less dense; to expand or enlarge without adding any new portion of matter to; -- opposed to condense.
- (verb-intransitive) To become less dense; to become thin and porous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To make rare, thin, porous, or less dense; expand or enlarge without adding any new matter; figuratively, to spread or stretch out; distend: opposed to condense.
- (None) To become rare; pass into a thinner or less dense condition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) lessen the density or solidity of
- (verb) weaken the consistency of (a chemical substance)
- (verb) make more subtle or refined