Rase Rase (r[=a]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rased} (r[=a]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rasing}.] [F. raser, LL. rasare to scrape often, v. freq. fr. L. radere, rasum, to scrape, shave; cf. Skr. rad to scratch, gnaw, L. rodere to gnaw. Cf. {Raze}, {Razee}, {Razor}, {Rodent}.] 1. To rub along the surface of; to graze. [Obsoles.] [1913 Webster]

Was he not in the . . . neighborhood to death? and might not the bullet which rased his cheek have gone into his head? --South. [1913 Webster]

Sometimes his feet rased the surface of the water, and at others the skylight almost flattened his nose. --Beckford. [1913 Webster]

2. To rub or scratch out; to erase. [Obsoles.] [1913 Webster]

Except we rase the faculty of memory, root and branch, out of our mind. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

3. To level with the ground; to overthrow; to destroy; to raze. [In this sense {raze} is generally used.] [1913 Webster]

Till Troy were by their brave hands rased, They would not turn home. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word, rase, may be considered as nearly obsolete; graze, erase, and raze, having superseded it. [1913 Webster]

{Rasing iron}, a tool for removing old oakum and pitch from the seams of a vessel. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To erase; efface; obliterate; expunge; cancel; level; prostrate; overthrow; subvert; destroy; demolish; ruin. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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