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rapier a narrow-bladed, sharp-pointed sword used in the eighteenth century for thrusting. [2 definitions]
rapine the taking of property by force; robbery; plunder.
rappel the act of descending a sheer cliff or mountainside by means of a double rope around the body that allows the climber to control the rate of descent. [2 definitions]
rappen the centime of Switzerland.
rapper a door knocker. [3 definitions]
rapport a sympathetic or agreeable relationship; mutual affinity.
rapprochement the renewal or establishment of a friendly relationship, esp. between nations; state of reconciliation.
rapscallion a mischievous person; rascal.
rapt completely engrossed. [2 definitions]
raptor a bird of prey.
raptorial preying upon other animals; predatory. [3 definitions]
rapture extreme joy; ecstasy; bliss. [2 definitions]
rapture of the deep the early stage of nitrogen narcosis, a condition experienced by deep-sea divers under increased air pressure that resembles the sensation of intoxication.
rara avis rare bird (Latin); a rare, special, or unique person or thing.
rare1 happening very infrequently; uncommon. [4 definitions]
rare2 of meat, cooked briefly to retain juices and original color.
rarebit see Welsh rabbit.
rare earth any oxide of a rare-earth metal. [2 definitions]
rare-earth metal any of the series of chemical elements, all metals, that have from fifty-seven to seventy-one protons per atom; lanthanide series.
rarefied belonging to a relatively small or select group. [3 definitions]
rarefy to make purer; refine. [4 definitions]