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rasp

[rasp, rahsp] /ræsp, rɑsp/
verb (used with object)
1.
to scrape or abrade with a rough instrument.
2.
to scrape or rub roughly:
The glacier rasped the valley floor.
3.
to grate upon or irritate:
The sound rasped his nerves.
4.
to utter with a grating sound:
to rasp out an answer.
verb (used without object)
5.
to scrape or grate.
6.
to make a grating sound.
noun
7.
an act of rasping.
8.
a rasping sound.
9.
a coarse file, used mainly on wood, having separate conical teeth.
10.
(in an insect) a roughened surface used in stridulation.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English raspen < Old French rasper to scrape, grate < Germanic; see rape3
Related forms
raspish, adjective
unrasped, adjective
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Examples for rasp
  • Then they rasp a hole in the fish's skin with their tough tongues.
  • It is done when you rasp it on the bottom with your knuckle and it makes a distinct hollow sound.
  • More rattling, and then the steady rasp of his snores.
  • Many budget fliers will tell you, with a rasp of irritation, that some trips are more budget than others.
  • His voice ravaged by dehydration, he proposed in a halting rasp that they attempt to row their way out of the calm.
  • He was using a weird high register that had none of his trademark warmth or even rasp.
  • She's still got some rasp, but her voice is in much better shape now.
  • Through the screens of the two half-open windows she can hear a rasp of crickets and a dim rush of traffic on the distant thruway.
  • She took the tough rasp of old blues shouters and made it her own by bringing out pain and tension to match the bravado.
  • Rhythmic imagination lies under a soft, woody tone with a bit of a rasp to it.
British Dictionary definitions for rasp

rasp1

/rɑːsp/
noun
1.
a harsh grating noise
2.
a coarse file with rows of raised teeth
verb
3.
(transitive) to scrape or rub (something) roughly, esp with a rasp; abrade
4.
to utter with or make a harsh grating noise
5.
to irritate (one's nerves or senses); grate (upon)
Derived Forms
rasper, noun
raspish, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Old French raspe, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German raspōn to scrape

rasp2

/rɑːsp/
noun
1.
an informal or Scot word for raspberry
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Word Origin and History for rasp
rasp
c.1300, "to scrape," from M.Du. raspen, O.Fr. rasper "to grate, rasp," from a W.Gmc. source (cf. O.E. gehrespan) akin to the root of raffle (q.v.). Vocalic sense is from 1843. The noun meaning "coarse file" is from 1540s, from M.Fr. raspe, from O.Fr. rasper "to rasp."
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rasp in Technology

language
["RASP - A Language with Operations on Fuzzy Sets", D.D. Djakovic, Comp Langs 13(3):143-148 (1988)].
(1995-05-10)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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