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rasping

[ras-ping, rah-sping] /ˈræs pɪŋ, ˈrɑ spɪŋ/
adjective
1.
harsh; grating:
a rasping voice.
noun
2.
a tiny piece of material removed by rasping or scraping:
raspings of sawed wood.
3.
raspings, dry bread crumbs.
Origin of rasping
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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Historical Examples
  • He was a small man with a rasping voice and sharp nose, while the bristling growth about his chin was red and his hair brown.

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  • It was brisk and rasping, and the lips through which it passed were curved in scorn.

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  • A coughing fit broke the rhythm of his rasping breath, and when it was over his breathing was easier.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • "I sh'd be sorry if I wasn't," he answered, in swift, rasping accents.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • Black Tom sat down with a complacent air, and his rasping voice came from the other side of the glass.

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  • A rasping sound, like the filing of a saw, came from the tin roof.

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  • The rasping of the cover, as he took it off, told her that he was examining the canister.

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  • We have a phonograph with a rasping voice that plays from morning to night.

  • Suddenly there was the rasping, snaring crackling of a high-voltage spark.

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  • Pavel made a rasping sound when he breathed, and he kept moaning.

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British Dictionary definitions for rasping

rasping

/ˈrɑːspɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(esp of a noise) harsh or grating; rough

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 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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