Scrape Scrape (skr[=a]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scraped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scraping}.] [Icel. skrapa; akin to Sw. skrapa, Dan. skrabe, D. schrapen, schrabben, G. schrappen, and prob. to E. sharp.] 1. To rub over the surface of (something) with a sharp or rough instrument; to rub over with something that roughens by removing portions of the surface; to grate harshly over; to abrade; to make even, or bring to a required condition or form, by moving the sharp edge of an instrument breadthwise over the surface with pressure, cutting away excesses and superfluous parts; to make smooth or clean; as, to scrape a bone with a knife; to scrape a metal plate to an even surface. [1913 Webster]

2. To remove by rubbing or scraping (in the sense above). [1913 Webster]

I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock. --Ezek. xxvi. 4. [1913 Webster]

3. To collect by, or as by, a process of scraping; to gather in small portions by laborious effort; hence, to acquire avariciously and save penuriously; -- often followed by together or up; as, to scrape money together. [1913 Webster]

The prelatical party complained that, to swell a number the nonconformists did not choose, but scrape, subscribers. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

4. To express disapprobation of, as a play, or to silence, as a speaker, by drawing the feet back and forth upon the floor; -- usually with down. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

{To scrape acquaintance}, to seek acquaintance otherwise than by an introduction. --Farquhar. [1913 Webster]

He tried to scrape acquaintance with her, but failed ignominiously. --G. W. Cable. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Scraping — Scrap ing, a. Resembling the act of, or the effect produced by, one who, or that which, scrapes; as, a scraping noise; a scraping miser. {Scrap ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • scraping — scrapingly, adv. /skray ping/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that scrapes. 2. the sound of something being scraped. 3. Usually, scrapings. something that is scraped off, up, or together. [1400 50; late ME; see SCRAPE, ING1] * * * …   Universalium

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  • scraping — A specimen scraped from a lesion or specific site, for cytologic examination. SEE ALSO: smear. SYN: scrape. * * * scrap·ing skrā piŋ n material scraped esp. from diseased tissue (as infected skin) for microscopic examination …   Medical dictionary

  • scraping — scrap|ing [ skreıpıŋ ] noun 1. ) scrapings plural small amounts or pieces of something that have been SCRAPED from a surface 2. ) singular a rough unpleasant noise made by something rubbing against a hard surface …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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