rare [-er] adj

L. rār-us, thin.

  1. Uncommon; unusual; exceptional; extraordinary; special; singular; unique; out of the ordinary; seldom encountered; not frequently found or experienced.
  2. Infrequent; irregular; intermittent; scattered.
  3. [Fig.] ethereal; invisible; incorporeal; phantom; spirit-like; heavenly; celestial; glorified; immortal; imperceptible to physical senses.

rare [-r] adv

see rare, adj.

  1. Infrequently; seldom; not often; sparingly; frugally; thriftily; scantily, meagerly; sparsely.