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rasp

R'ASP, n. [See Rase.]

1. A large rough file; a grater.

2. A raspberry, which see.

R'ASP, v.t. [See Rase.]

To rub or file with a rasp; to rub or grate with a rough file; as, to rasp wood to make it smooth; to rasp bones to powder.



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R'ASP, n. [See Rase.]

1. A large rough file; a grater.

2. A raspberry, which see.

R'ASP, v.t. [See Rase.]

To rub or file with a rasp; to rub or grate with a rough file; as, to rasp wood to make it smooth; to rasp bones to powder.

RASP, n. [Sw. and D. rasp; G. raspel; Dan. raspe; Fr. râpe, for raspe; It. and Sp. raspa. See Rase.]

  1. A large rough file; a grater.
  2. A raspberry, – which see. – Bacon.
  3. The rough bark of a tree.

RASP, v.t. [D. raspen; Dan. rasper; Sw. raspa; It. raspare; Sp. raspar; Fr. râper; W. rhathell, in a different dialect. See Rase.]

To rub or file with a rasp; to rub or grate with a rough file; as, to rasp wood to make it smooth; to rasp bones to powder. – Wiseman. Moxon.


Rasp
  1. To rub or file with a rasp; to rub or grate with a rough file; as, to rasp wood to make it smooth; to rasp bones to powder.
  2. 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.
  3. Hence, figuratively: To grate harshly upon; to offend by coarse or rough treatment or language; as, some sounds rasp the ear; his insults rasped my temper.
  4. The raspberry.

    [Obs.] "Set sorrel amongst rasps, and the rasps will be the smaller." Bacon.

    Rasp palm (Bot.), a Brazilian palm tree (Iriartea exorhiza) which has strong aërial roots like a screw pine. The roots have a hard, rough surface, and are used by the natives for graters and rasps, whence the common name.

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Rasp

R'ASP, noun [See Rase.]

1. A large rough file; a grater.

2. A raspberry, which see.

R'ASP, verb transitive [See Rase.]

To rub or file with a rasp; to rub or grate with a rough file; as, to rasp wood to make it smooth; to rasp bones to powder.

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