Rasping
Rasp Rasp (r[.a]sp), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rasped} (r[.a]spt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rasping}.] [OF. rasper, F. r[^a]per, to scrape, grate, rasp, fr. OHG. rasp[=o]n to scrape together, to collect, probably akin to E. rap. Cf. {Rap} to snatch.] [1913 Webster] 1. To rub or file with a rasp; to rub or grate with a rough file; as, to rasp wood to make it smooth; to rasp bones to powder. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, figuratively: To grate harshly upon; to offend by coarse or rough treatment or language; as, some sounds rasp the ear; his insults rasped my temper. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • rasping — 1. adjective raspy He spoke in a rasping voice due to throat cancer. 2. noun A rasping sound …   Wiktionary

  • rasping — adj. Rasping is used with these nouns: ↑voice …   Collocations dictionary

  • rasping — adjective the rasping voice on the phone sounded familiar Syn: harsh, grating, jarring; raspy, scratchy, hoarse, rough, gravelly, croaky, gruff, husky, throaty, guttural …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • rasping — rasp•ing [[t]ˈræs pɪŋ, ˈrɑ spɪŋ[/t]] adj. 1) harsh; grating: a rasping voice[/ex] 2) bui a minute piece of wood, etc., removed with a rasp 3) cvb raspings, dry breadcrumbs • Etymology: 1650–60 rasp′ing•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

  • rasping — /ˈraspɪŋ/ (say rahsping) adjective harsh: a rasping voice …   Australian English dictionary

  • rasping — Synonyms and related words: ablation, ablative, abradant, abrasion, abrasive, air pollution, attrition, attritive, attritus, bones, bran, buffing, burnishing, chafe, chaff, chafing, cosmic dust, crumb, crumble, culm, deadwood, detrition,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • rasping — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. hoarse, grating, grinding; see harsh 1 , hoarse , raucous 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Disagreeable to the sense of hearing: dry, grating, harsh, hoarse, jarring, raspy, raucous, rough, scratchy, squawky,… …   English dictionary for students

  • rasping — rasp·ing || ræspɪŋ / rɑː adj. (about a sound) grating, harsh, irritating ræsp /rɑːsp n. file, flat tool with an abrasive surface; act of scraping, act of scouring, abrasion v. scrape, abrade, scour …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rasping — parings …   Anagrams dictionary

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