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rasping

[ras-ping, rah-sping] /ˈræs pɪŋ, ˈrɑ spɪŋ/
adjective
1.
harsh; grating:
a rasping voice.
noun
2.
a minute piece removed by rasping:
raspings of sawed wood.
3.
raspings, dry bread crumbs.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; rasp + -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
raspingly, adverb
raspingness, noun
unrasping, adjective

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
1200-50; Middle English raspen < Old French rasper to scrape, grate < Germanic; see rape3
Related forms
raspish, adjective
unrasped, adjective
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Spanish Words for rasping
adjective
1.
[voice] áspero

2.
[noise] chirriante
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged and Audio Headword Pronunciation (Spanish) 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
Examples from the web for rasping
  • The call has been compared to: snoring, the sound of wet fingers being drawn over an inflated balloon, and a rasping snarl.
  • Murmurs are blowing, whooshing, or rasping sounds heard during a heartbeat.
  • Well before she arrived, she'd call out a friendly word with what little voice she had left, which was shrill and rasping.
  • Usually silent, but on breeding grounds adults will clatter and snap bills, and infrequently will produce a low rasping fizz.
  • The adult lamprey attaches to the fish by a rasping sucker mouth, and feeds off the fish's flesh and body fluids.
  • With their small mouths and rasping lips they suck up ooze and nibble algae or other plants.
  • Now, on mild evenings, only an occasional one is heard rasping hoarsely.
  • Slugs feed mostly at night, rasping holes in tender leaves or along leaf margins.
  • The greenhouse thrips and others injure leaves and buds with their rasping-sucking mouthparts.
  • The piercing and rasping caused by feeding thrips damages plants.
British Dictionary definitions for rasping

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

rasping

/ˈrɑːspɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(esp of a noise) harsh or grating; rough
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Word Origin and History for rasping

rasp

v.

mid-13c., "to scrape," from Middle Dutch raspen and from Old French rasper (Modern French râper) "to grate, rasp," which is perhaps from a West Germanic source (cf. Old English gehrespan) akin to the root of raffle. Vocalic sense is from 1843. Related: Rasped; rasping.

n.

"coarse file," 1540s, from Middle French raspe (Modern French râpe), from Old French rasper "to rasp" (see rasp (v.)).

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