Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Ra (rä) noun A roe; a deer. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Ra- A prefix, from the Latin re and ad combined, coming to us through the French and Italian. See Re- , and Ad- .

Raash (räsh) noun [ Confer Arabic ra'ash trembling, tremor.] (Zoology) The electric catfish. [ Written also raasch .]

Rab (răb) noun A rod or stick used by masons in mixing hair with mortar.

Rabat (răb"ăt) noun [ See Rabot .] A polishing material made of potter's clay that has failed in baking.

Rabat noun [ French Confer Rabato .] (Eccl.) (a) A clerical linen collar. (b) A kind of clerical scarf fitted to a collar; as, a black silk rabat .

Rabate (rȧ*bāt") transitive verb [ French rabattre to beat down; prefix re- + abattre . See Abate , and confer Rebate , v. ] (Falconry) To recover to the fist, as a hawk. [ Obsolete]

Rabatine (răb"ȧ*tĭn) noun [ See Rabato .] A collar or cape. [ Obsolete] Sir W. Scott.

Rabato (rȧ*bā"to) noun [ French rabat , from rabattre . See Rabate .] A kind of ruff for the neck; a turned-down collar; a rebato. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Rabbate (răb*bāt") transitive verb [ See Rabate .] To abate or diminish. [ Obsolete] -- noun Abatement. [ Obsolete]

Rabbet (răb"bĕt) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Rabbeted ; present participle & verbal noun Rabbeting .] [ French raboter to plane, plane down, rabot a plane; prefix re- re- + Old French abouter , aboter . See Abut , and confer Rebut .]
1. To cut a rabbet in; to furnish with a rabbet.

2. To unite the edges of, as boards, etc., in a rabbet joint.

Rabbet noun [ See Rabbet , v. , and confer Rebate , noun ]


1. (Carp.) A longitudinal channel, groove, or recess cut out of the edge or face of any body; especially, one intended to receive another member, so as to break or cover the joint, or more easily to hold the members in place; thus, the groove cut for a panel, for a pane of glass, or for a door, is a rabbet , or rebate.

2. Same as Rabbet joint , below.

Rabbet joint (Carp.) , a joint formed by fitting together rabbeted boards or timbers; -- called also rabbet . -- Rabbet plane , a joiner's plane for cutting a rabbet. Moxon.

Rabbi (răb"bī or -bĭ; 277) noun ; plural Rabbis (-bīz or -bĭz) or Rabbies . [ Latin , from Greek "rabbi` , Hebrew rabī my master, from rab master, lord, teacher, akin to Arabic rabb .] Master; lord; teacher; -- a Jewish title of respect or honor for a teacher or doctor of the law. "The gravest rabbies ." Milton.

Be not ye called Rabbi , for one is your Master, even Christ, and all ye are brethren.
Matt. xxiii. 8.

Rabbin (răb"bĭn) noun [ French] Same as Rabbi .

Rabbinic (răb*bĭn"ĭk), Rab*bin"ic*al (-ĭ*k a l) adjective [ Confer French rabbinique .] Of or pertaining to the rabbins or rabbis, or pertaining to the opinions, learning, or language of the rabbins. "Comments staler than rabbinic ." Lowell.

We will not buy your rabbinical fumes.
Milton.

Rabbinic (răb*bĭn"ĭk) noun The language or dialect of the rabbins; the later Hebrew.

Rabbinically adverb In a rabbinical manner; after the manner of the rabbins.

Rabbinism (răb"bĭn*ĭz'm) noun [ Confer French rabbinisme .]
1. A rabbinic expression or phraseology; a peculiarity of the language of the rabbins.

2. The teachings and traditions of the rabbins.

Rabbinist noun [ Confer French rabbiniste .] One among the Jews who adhered to the Talmud and the traditions of the rabbins, in opposition to the Karaites , who rejected the traditions.

Rabbinite (-īt) noun Same as Rabbinist .

Rabbit (răb"bĭt) noun [ Middle English rabet , akin to OD. robbe , robbeken .] (Zoology) Any of the smaller species of the genus Lepus, especially the common European species ( Lepus cuniculus ), which is often kept as a pet, and has been introduced into many countries. It is remarkably prolific, and has become a pest in some parts of Australia and New Zealand.

» The common American rabbit ( Latin sylvatica ) is similar but smaller. See Cottontail , and Jack rabbit , under 2d Jack . The larger species of Lepus are commonly called hares . See Hare .

Angora rabbit (Zoology) , a variety of the domestic rabbit having long, soft fur. -- Rabbit burrow , a hole in the earth made by rabbits for shelter and habitation. -- Rabbit fish . (Zoology) (a) The northern chimæra ( Chimæra monstrosa ) . (b) Any one of several species of plectognath fishes, as the bur fish, and puffer. The term is also locally applied to other fishes. -- Rabbits' ears . (Botany) See Cyclamen . -- Rabbit warren , a piece of ground appropriated to the breeding and preservation of rabbits. Wright. -- Rock rabbit . (Zoology) See Daman , and Klipdas . -- Welsh rabbit , a dish of which the chief constituents are toasted bread and toasted cheese, prepared in various ways. The name is said to be a corruption of Welsh rare bit , but perhaps it is merely a humorous designation.

Rabbiting noun The hunting of rabbits. T. Hughes.

Rabbitry (-rȳ) noun A place where rabbits are kept; especially, a collection of hutches for tame rabbits.

Rabble (răb"b'l) noun [ Etymol. uncertain.] (Iron Manuf.) An iron bar, with the end bent, used in stirring or skimming molten iron in the process of puddling.

Rabble transitive verb To stir or skim with a rabble, as molten iron.

Rabble intransitive verb [ Akin to Dutch rabbelen , Prov. German rabbeln , to prattle, to chatter: confer Latin rabula a brawling advocate, a pettifogger, from rabere to rave. Confer Rage .] To speak in a confused manner. [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

Rabble noun [ Probably named from the noise made by it (see Rabble , intransitive verb ); confer Dutch rapalje rabble, Old French & Prov. French rapaille .]
1. A tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noisy people; a mob; a confused, disorderly throng.

I saw, I say, come out of London, even unto the presence of the prince, a great rabble of mean and light persons.
Ascham.

Jupiter, Mercury, Bacchus, Venus, Mars, and the whole rabble of licentious deities.
Bp. Warburton.

2. A confused, incoherent discourse; a medley of voices; a chatter.

The rabble , the lowest class of people, without reference to an assembly; the dregs of the people. " The rabble call him ‘lord.'" Shak.

Rabble adjective Of or pertaining to a rabble; like, or suited to, a rabble; disorderly; vulgar. [ R.] Dryden.

Rabble transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Rabbled (-b'ld); present participle & verbal noun Rabbling (-blĭng).]
1. To insult, or assault, by a mob; to mob; as, to rabble a curate. Macaulay.

The bishops' carriages were stopped and the prelates themselves rabbled on their way to the house.
J. R. Green.

2. To utter glibly and incoherently; to mouth without intelligence. [ Obsolete or Scot.] Foxe.

3. To rumple; to crumple. [ Scot.]

Rabble-rout (-b'l-rout`) noun A tumultuous crowd; a rabble; a noisy throng.

Rabblement (răb"b'l*m e nt) noun A tumultuous crowd of low people; a rabble. "Rude rablement ." Spenser.

And still, as he refused it, the rabblement hooted.
Shak.

Rabbler (-blẽr) noun [ See 2d Rabble .] (Mech.) A scraping tool for smoothing metal.

Rabdoidal (răb*doid" a l) adjective [ Greek "ra`bdos a rod + -oid + - al .] (Anat.) See Sagittal . [ Written also rhabdoidal .]

Rabdology (-dŏl"o*jȳ) noun [ Greek "ra`bdos rod, stick + - logy : confer French rabdologie .] The method or art of performing arithmetical operations by means of Napier's bones. See Napier's bones . [ Written also rhabdology .]

Rabdomancy (răb"do*măn`sȳ) noun [ Greek "ra`bdos rod + -mancy .] Divination by means of rods or wands. [ Written also rhabdomancy .] Sir T. Browne.

Rabid (răb"ĭd) adjective [ Latin rabidus , from rabere to rave. See Rage , noun ]
1. Furious; raging; extremely violent.

The rabid flight
Of winds that ruin ships.
Chapman.

2. Extreme, unreasonable, or fanatical in opinion; excessively zealous; as, a rabid socialist.

3. Affected with the distemper called rabies ; mad; as, a rabid dog or fox.

4. (Medicine) Of or pertaining to rabies, or hydrophobia; as, rabid virus.

Rabidity (rȧ*bĭd"ĭ*tȳ) noun Rabidness; furiousness.

Rabidly (răb"ĭd*lȳ) adverb In a rabid manner; with extreme violence.

Rabidness noun The quality or state of being rabid.

Rabies (rā"bĭ*ēz) noun [ Latin See Rage , noun ] Same as Hydrophobia (b) ; canine madness.

Rabinet (răb"ĭ*nĕt) noun [ Etymol. uncertain.] (Mil.) A kind of small ordnance formerly in use. [ Written also rabanet .] Ainsworth.

Rabious (rā"bĭ*ŭs) adjective Fierce. [ Obsolete] Daniel.

Rabot (rā"bŏt) noun [ French] A rubber of hard wood used in smoothing marble to be polished. Knight.

Raca (rā"kȧ) adjective [ Greek "raka` , from Chaldee rēkā .] A term of reproach used by the Jews of our Savior's time, meaning "worthless."

Whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca , shall be in danger of the council.
Matt. v. 22.

Racahout (rȧ`kȧ`ō") noun [ French racahout , probably from Arabic rāqaut .] A preparation from acorns used by the Arabs as a substitute for chocolate, and also as a beverage for invalids.

Raccoon (răk*kōn") noun [ French raton , prop., a little rat, from rat rat, perhaps of German origin. See Rat .] (Zoology) A North American nocturnal carnivore ( Procyon lotor ) allied to the bears, but much smaller, and having a long, full tail, banded with black and gray. Its body is gray, varied with black and white. Called also coon , and mapach .

Raccoon dog (Zoology) , the tanate. -- Raccoon fox (Zoology) , the cacomixle.