Rarefied
Rarefy Rar"e*fy (r[a^]r"[-e]*f[imac]; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rarefied} (r[a^]r"[-e]*f[imac]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rarefying} (r[a^]r"[-e]*f[imac]`[i^]ng).] [F. rar['e]fier; L. rarus rare + -ficare (in comp.) to make; cf. L. rarefacere. See {-fy}.] To make rare, thin, porous, or less dense; to expand or enlarge without adding any new portion of matter to; -- opposed to condense. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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