- to make rare or rarer; make less dense: to rarefy a gas.
- to make more refined, spiritual, or exalted.
- to become rare or less dense; become thinned: Moisture rarefies when heated.
Origin of rarefy
Related Words for rarefyattenuate, trim, shave, lace, reduce, decrease, disperse, weaken, cut, doctor, irrigate, spike, needle, water, cook, diminish, expand, prune, edit, extenuate
Examples from the Web for rarefy
Historical Examples of rarefy
But if warm dry winds blow upon the clouds, they rarefy the vapour to a greater degree, and temporarily disperse the clouds.The Reason Why
The rarefy of the atmosphere continued to affect the wood-work of the wagons, and the wheels were incessantly falling to pieces.The Adventures of Captain Bonneville
But extend this vapour, rarefy it; from so narrow a room as our natural bodies, to any politic body, to a state.Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
The air consequently was damp and gross, for want of stronger rays to open and rarefy it.The Boys' and Girls' Plutarch
But as such means are not at disposal, it becomes necessary to place the terminal in the bulb and rarefy the air in the same.The inventions, researches and writings of Nikola Tesla
Thomas Commerford Martin
- to make or become rarer or less dense; thin out