Rasp definition

răsp
A harsh grating sound.
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To grate on (nerves or feelings).
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To scrape harshly; grate.
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To make a harsh, grating sound.
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To scrape or rub with or as with a file.
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To utter in a rough, grating tone.
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To grate upon; irritate.

Giggling that rasped his nerves.

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To scrape roughly; grate.
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To make a rough, grating sound.
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A type of rough file with raised points instead of ridges, used esp. on wood.
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A rough, grating sound.
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An act of rasping.
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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 file.
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The sound made by this tool when used, or any similar sound.

The rasp of her perpetual cough.

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(intransitive) To use a rasp.
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(intransitive) To make a noise similar to the one a rasp makes in use; to utter rasps.
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To work something with a rasp.

To rasp wood to make it smooth; to rasp bones to powder.

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(figuratively) To grate harshly upon; to offend by coarse or rough treatment or language.

Some sounds rasp the ear.

His insults rasped my temper.

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A coarse file with sharp, pointed projections.
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The act of filing with a rasp.
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To file or scrape with a rasp.
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To utter in a grating voice.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rasp
Plural:
rasps

Origin of rasp

  • Old French raspe from rasper to rasp of Germanic origin V., Middle English raspen from Middle Dutch raspen from Old French rasper

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition