rarefy


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rar·e·fy

also rar·i·fy (râr′ə-fī′)
v. rar·e·fied, rar·e·fy·ing, rar·e·fies also rar·i·fied or rar·i·fy·ing or rar·i·fies
v.tr.
1. To make thin or less dense, as air.
2. To purify or refine: "The [medieval] Italians ... rarefy the image of the lady, treating her as a quasi-celestial figure" (Marcia L. Colish).
v.intr.
To become thin or less dense.

[Middle English rarefien, from Old French rarefier, from Medieval Latin rārificāre, alteration of Latin rārēfacere : rārus, rare + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

rar′e·fi′a·ble adj.

rarefy

(ˈrɛərɪˌfaɪ)
vb, -fies, -fying or -fied
to make or become rarer or less dense; thin out
[C14: from Old French raréfier, from Latin rārēfacere, from rārus rare1 + facere to make]
ˈrareˌfiable adj
ˈrareˌfier n

rar•e•fy

(ˈrɛər əˌfaɪ)

v. -fied, -fy•ing. v.t.
1. to make rare or rarer; make less dense: to rarefy a gas.
2. to make more refined or spiritual.
v.i.
3. to become less dense; become thinned.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French rarefier « Latin rārēfacere=rārē-, comb. form of rārus rare1 (for expected rāri-; orig. of -ē- unclear) + facere to make; see -fy]

rarefy


Past participle: rarefied
Gerund: rarefying

Imperative
rarefy
rarefy
Present
I rarefy
you rarefy
he/she/it rarefies
we rarefy
you rarefy
they rarefy
Preterite
I rarefied
you rarefied
he/she/it rarefied
we rarefied
you rarefied
they rarefied
Present Continuous
I am rarefying
you are rarefying
he/she/it is rarefying
we are rarefying
you are rarefying
they are rarefying
Present Perfect
I have rarefied
you have rarefied
he/she/it has rarefied
we have rarefied
you have rarefied
they have rarefied
Past Continuous
I was rarefying
you were rarefying
he/she/it was rarefying
we were rarefying
you were rarefying
they were rarefying
Past Perfect
I had rarefied
you had rarefied
he/she/it had rarefied
we had rarefied
you had rarefied
they had rarefied
Future
I will rarefy
you will rarefy
he/she/it will rarefy
we will rarefy
you will rarefy
they will rarefy
Future Perfect
I will have rarefied
you will have rarefied
he/she/it will have rarefied
we will have rarefied
you will have rarefied
they will have rarefied
Future Continuous
I will be rarefying
you will be rarefying
he/she/it will be rarefying
we will be rarefying
you will be rarefying
they will be rarefying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been rarefying
you have been rarefying
he/she/it has been rarefying
we have been rarefying
you have been rarefying
they have been rarefying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been rarefying
you will have been rarefying
he/she/it will have been rarefying
we will have been rarefying
you will have been rarefying
they will have been rarefying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been rarefying
you had been rarefying
he/she/it had been rarefying
we had been rarefying
you had been rarefying
they had been rarefying
Conditional
I would rarefy
you would rarefy
he/she/it would rarefy
we would rarefy
you would rarefy
they would rarefy
Past Conditional
I would have rarefied
you would have rarefied
he/she/it would have rarefied
we would have rarefied
you would have rarefied
they would have rarefied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.rarefy - lessen the density or solidity of; "The bones are rarefied"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
2.rarefy - make more subtle or refined
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
3.rarefy - weaken the consistency of (a chemical substance)
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
weaken - lessen the strength of; "The fever weakened his body"

rarefy

verb
To become diffuse:
Translations

rarefy

[ˈrɛərɪfaɪ]
A. VTenrarecer
B. VIenrarecerse

rarefy

vt air, atmosphereverdünnen, dünn werden lassen; (fig)exklusiv machen
vi (air)dünn werden
References in classic literature ?
The rarefy of the atmosphere continued to affect the wood-work of the wagons, and the wheels were incessantly falling to pieces.
The echoes shrieked and barked, the hissing balls seemed actually to rarefy the air, and then opaque smoke filled the vault.