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rarefied

Short Definition : made less dense (of a gas); V. rarefy: make less dense; N. rarefaction

Definition
(adj) having low density
Synonyms : rare rarified
Example Sentence
  • rare gasses
  • lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air
Definition
(adj) of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
Example Sentence
  • an exalted ideal
  • argue in terms of high-flown ideals
  • a noble and lofty concept
  • a grand purpose
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rare(,,very less)+fied(..like field which means environment), hence environment where GAS is VERY LESS DENSE..

rarefied is a past tense of rarefy. And, rarefy = rare+fy(to make), i.e. to make something rare, or less dense... :)

rarefied meaning is to make refine or pure so rarefied-ra+refined= rarefined

rarefy means to make thinner.. any mineral from ore becomes thinner(lesser) after removing the impurities

rasp

Short Definition : (of a sound) grate on (eg. nerves); make a harsh noise; have an unpleasant effect; rub with something rough; Ex. The cat's tongue rasped my hand.

Definition
(noun) uttering in an irritated tone
Synonyms : rasping
Definition
(noun) a coarse file with sharp pointed projections
Synonyms : wood file
Definition
(verb) scrape with a rasp Definition
(verb) utter in a grating voice
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if you dont grasp, teacher will rasp

Raspberries have a very rough skin.

rasp...A TOOL THAT is used for SHAPING wood..so during the time when we shape a wood it makes HARSH NOISE.

sergeant is rasping on NEW RECRUITS, those who were not able to grasp the discipline of Army

raspy

Short Definition : making a harsh noise; grating; harsh

Definition
(adj) unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound
Example Sentence
  • a gravelly voice
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Ras(In Hindi) means juice, Py(pii=Drink). So, when u drink cold juice it makes ur throat sore and makes ur voice harsh.

rap music sounds a bit raspy

in the movie RAAZ the voice of the devil is very raspy i.e,unpleasantly harsh

SAME AS ABOVE WORKING with rasp ,....nothing but making noise

raspy is like the sting of a wasp

raspy=rashy

raspy - rapsy - rap sound is grate..singers also need harsh voice..less sweetness/melodious

raspy -> raspi -> raw+whisky...your voice becomes raspy when you drink raw whisky ;)

ratify

Short Definition : approve formally; confirm; verify

Definition
(verb) approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation
Synonyms : sign
Example Sentence
  • All parties ratified the peace treaty
  • Have you signed your contract yet?
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if you rectify the error in the report it might get ratified(approved) by the professor.

ratify =satisfy you are satisfied only when you approve to or with something.

RATIFY = giving a good RATIng to something, hence you APPROVe of it

ratify=RATE IFY u rate something when u approve or conform it

To reCTify something is to CorreCT it. To rAtify something is to Approve it, giving it an A-okay.

Rat+Fy: Rat,Five: a rat killer came to my home and he asked fy: five 5Rs/-, for each rat he catches, i had approved and accepted his proposal.

Rate + ify >> means if u get ur work rated from a standard source.. ie. approved formally ur work..

ratiocination

Short Definition : reasoning; act of drawing conclusions from premises; V. ratiocinate: reason logically

Definition
(noun) the proposition arrived at by logical reasoning (such as the proposition that must follow from the major and minor premises of a syllogism)
Synonyms : conclusion
Definition
(noun) logical and methodical reasoning
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ratio+cination...you have to SOLVE question based ON RATIO AND VARIATION WITH THE help of reasoning and logic

we will take the RATIO of your CIN(sins) and then reason what to do with you

in management accounting, we use RATIOS in order to get on conclusion through logic that which project is beneficial for company out of various given projects.

in Ratio we compare a quantity wrt to other quantity... Ratiocination implies implementing the concept of ratio>> when we compare two things and brainstorm on it thinking rationally and logically..

ration

Short Definition : fixed portion; V: distribute as rations

Definition
(noun) the food allowance for one day (especially for service personnel)
Example Sentence
  • the rations should be nutritionally balanced
Definition
(noun) a fixed portion that is allotted (especially in times of scarcity) Definition
(verb) restrict the consumption of a relatively scarce commodity, as during war
Example Sentence
  • Bread was rationed during the siege of the city
Definition
(verb) distribute in rations, as in the army
Synonyms : ration out
Example Sentence
  • Cigarettes are rationed
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for ration

IN A ration shop you get YOUR fixed portion of wheat and rice.

remember ration card?

rational

Short Definition : (of a person) having reason; (of ideas) based on reason; logical

Definition
(noun) an integer or a fraction
Synonyms : rational number
Definition
(adj) consistent with or based on or using reason
Example Sentence
  • rational behavior
  • a process of rational inference
  • rational thought
Definition
(adj) of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind
Synonyms : intellectual noetic
Example Sentence
  • intellectual problems
  • the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man
Definition
(adj) capable of being expressed as a quotient of integers
Example Sentence
  • rational numbers
Definition
(adj) having its source in or being guided by the intellect (as distinguished from experience or emotion)
Example Sentence
  • a rational analysis
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for rational

Consider that you are solving a Maths problem.You will need to present a reason why you are answering it as a Rational Number, in turn you will have to use your brain for that...

rationale

Short Definition : fundamental reason or principle (on which a system or principle is based); fundamental reason or justification; grounds for an action

Definition
(noun) (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature)
Synonyms : principle
Example Sentence
  • the rationale for capital punishment
  • the principles of internal-combustion engines
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for rationale

rationale- fundamental A rationcard is a fundamental thing necessary for showing as proof

rationality -> fundamental principle of humanity

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