rarefied


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rar·e·fied

also rar·i·fied  (râr′ə-fīd′)
adj.
1. Not dense; thin: the rarefied air of the high peaks.
2. Belonging to or reserved for a small select group; exclusive: accepted in the most rarefied social circles.
3. Refined or esoteric: rarefied academic theorizing; a man of rarefied appetites.

rarefied

(ˈrɛərɪˌfaɪd)
adj
1. exalted in nature or character; lofty: a rarefied spiritual existence.
2. current within only a small group; esoteric or exclusive
3. (General Physics) (of a gas, esp the atmosphere at high altitudes) having a low density; thin

rar•e•fied

(ˈrɛər əˌfaɪd)

adj.
1. lofty or elevated; exalted: the rarefied atmosphere of a scholarly symposium.
2. appealing to or exemplifying an exclusive group; select; esoteric: rarefied tastes.
[1625–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.rarefied - having low density; "rare gasses"; "lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air"
thin - relatively thin in consistency or low in density; not viscous; "air is thin at high altitudes"; "a thin soup"; "skimmed milk is much thinner than whole milk"; "thin oil"
2.rarefied - of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style; "an exalted ideal"; "argue in terms of high-flown ideals"- Oliver Franks; "a noble and lofty concept"; "a grand purpose"
noble - having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character; "a noble spirit"; "noble deeds"

rarefied

adjective exclusive, select, esoteric, cliquish, private, occult, clannish the rarefied atmosphere of university

rarefied

adjective
Marked by great diffusion of component particles:
Translations

rarefied

[ˈrɛərɪfaɪd] ADJenrarecido

rarefied

adj atmosphere, airdünn; (fig)exklusiv

rarefied

[ˈrɛərɪˌfaɪd] adj (atmosphere, air) → rarefatto/a (fig) → raffinato/a
References in classic literature ?
But as soon as two drops of blood have thus passed, one into each of the cavities, these drops which cannot but be very large, because the orifices through which they pass are wide, and the vessels from which they come full of blood, are immediately rarefied, and dilated by the heat they meet with.
thinner--than the atmosphere of the surrounding country, a plane drops a little on entering the rarefied area, precisely as a ship sinks a little in fresh water.
However, were the forty-four thousand eight hundred and forty-seven cubic feet of gas of which we speak, all introduced into the balloon, it would be entirely filled; but that would not do, because, as the balloon continued to mount into the more rarefied layers of the atmosphere, the gas within would dilate, and soon burst the cover containing it.
Strickland was the most harmless of all the lion-hunters that pursue their quarry from the rarefied heights of Hampstead to the nethermost studios of Cheyne Walk.
The sensation reminded me of my only experience of mountaineering, and from that I judged the air to be more rarefied than it is now.
But Philip could not live long in the rarefied air of the hilltops.
The sun shone somewhat to the left and behind him and brightly lit up the enormous panorama which, rising like an amphitheater, extended before him in the clear rarefied atmosphere.
My lungs panted as they inhaled this burning fluid, which became rarefied more and more.
Of course, Beaumont was the real boss; but he lived in the rarefied atmosphere of some Olympian height from which he could distinguish nothing smaller than an international crisis or a split in the Cabinet.
Still, to start on a brisk walk, and on such an errand as hers, on a dry clear wintry morning, through the rarefied air of these chalky hogs'-backs, was not depressing; and there is no doubt that her dream at starting was to win the heart of her mother-in-law, tell her whole history to that lady, enlist her on her side, and so gain back the truant.
The lesser attraction of this smaller planet and the reduced air pressure of its greatly rarefied atmosphere, afforded so little resistance to my earthly muscles that the ordinary exertion of the mere act of rising sent me several feet into the air and precipitated me upon my face in the soft and brilliant grass of this strange world.
Here and there they fancied they saw vast seas, scarcely kept together under so rarefied an atmosphere, and water-courses emptying the mountain tributaries.