I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French *rasper, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German raspōn to scrape together Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to rub with something rough; specifically to abrade with a rasp 2. to grate upon ; irritate 3. to utter in a raspy tone intransitive verb 1. scrape 2. to produce a grating sound • rasper nounraspingly adverb II. noun Date: circa 1512 1. a coarse file with cutting points instead of lines 2. something used for rasping 3. a. an act of rasping b. a rasping sound, sensation, or effect

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(the prominences in which are made by a punch and not by a chisel, as are those of the file, properly so called), ,

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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rasp — rasp·ber·ry; rasp·ber·ry·like; rasp·er; rasp; rasp·ish; rasp·ite; rasp·ing·ly; rasp·ing·ness; …   English syllables

  • Rasp — Rasp, n. [OE. raspe, OF. raspe, F. r[^a]pe. See {Rasp}, v.] [1913 Webster] 1. A coarse file, on which the cutting prominences are distinct points raised by the oblique stroke of a sharp punch, instead of lines raised by a chisel, as on the true… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rasp — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Charles Rasp (1846–1907), australischer Unternehmer (BHP Billiton) Fritz Rasp (1891–1976), deutscher Film und Bühnendarsteller Renate Rasp (* 1935), deutsche Schriftstellerin …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Rasp — /rasp/ (say rahsp) noun Charles, 1846–1907, Australian miner, born in Germany; discoverer of silver at Broken Hill, NSW, in 1883 and one of the original shareholders in BHP. Charles Rasp came to Melbourne from Germany in 1869 owing to ill health …   Australian English dictionary

  • rasp — [rasp, räsp] vt. [ME raspen < OFr rasper < OHG raspon, to scrape together, akin to OE hrespan, to strip, spoil] 1. to scrape or rub with or as with a file 2. to utter in a rough, grating tone 3. to grate upon; irritate [giggling that rasped …   English World dictionary

  • rasp — /rasp / (say rahsp), /ræsp / (say rasp) verb (t) 1. to scrape or abrade with a rough instrument. 2. to scrape or rub roughly. 3. to grate upon or irritate (the nerves, feelings, etc.). 4. to utter with a grating sound. –verb (i) 5. to scrape or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • rasp — ► NOUN 1) a coarse file for use on metal, wood, or other hard material. 2) a harsh, grating noise. ► VERB 1) file with a rasp. 2) (of a rough surface or object) scrape in a painful or unpleasant way. 3) make a harsh, grating noise …   English terms dictionary

  • Rasp. — Rasp., bei naturwissenschaftl. Namen Abkürzung für François Vincent Raspail …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • rasp — index erode, irritate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • rasp — (rasp) 1. a coarse file used in surgery. Called also raspatory and xyster. 2. to file with this instrument …   Medical dictionary

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