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Definition of scrape – Merriam-Webster
1a: to remove from a surface by usually repeated strokes of an edged instrument
b: to make (a surface) smooth or clean with strokes of an edged instrument or an abrasive
2a: to grate harshly over or against
b: to damage or injure the surface of by contact with a rough surface
c: to draw roughly or noisily over a surface
3: to collect by or as if by scraping
—often used with up or together scrape up the price of a ticket
1: to move in sliding contact with a rough surface
2: to accumulate money by small economies
3: to draw back the foot along the ground in making a bow
4: to make one’s way with difficulty: barely manage or succeed
just scraped through at school working two jobs and barely scraping by
1a: the act or process of scraping
b: a sound made by scraping
c: a mark or injury caused by scraping: abrasion
bumps and scrapes
2a: the nest of a bird consisting of a usually shallow depression in the ground
b: a cleared area on the forest floor made by a male deer during breeding season to attract a doe
3: a bow made with a drawing back of the foot along the ground
4a: a distressing encounter
a scrape with death
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Scrape definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
Word forms: scrapes, scraping, scraped1. transitive verb
If you scrape something from a surface, you remove it, especially by pulling a sharp object over
She went around the car scraping the frost off the windows.
2. transitive verb/intransitive verb
If something scrapes against something else, it rubs against it, making a noise or causing slight damage.
The only sound is that of knives and forks scraping against china.
The car hurtled past us, scraping the wall and screeching to a halt.
3. transitive verb
If you scrape a part of your body, you accidentally rub it against something hard and rough, and
damage it slightly.
She stumbled and fell, scraping her palms and knees.
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scrape in American English
verb transitiveWord forms: scraped or ˈscraping1. to rub over the surface of with something rough or sharp
2. to make smooth or clean by rubbing with a tool or abrasive
3. to remove by rubbing with something sharp or rough with off, out, etc.
to fall and scrape one’s knee
5. to rub with a harsh, grating sound
chalk scraping a blackboard
to scrape together some money
verb intransitive8. to scrape something so as to remove dirt, etc.
9. to rub against something harshly; grate
10. to give out a harsh, grating noise
11. to collect or gather goods or money slowly and with difficulty
12. with through, along, by
13. to draw the foot back along the ground in bowing
15. a scraped place; abrasion or scratch
16. the noise of scraping; harsh, grating sound
17. a disagreeable or embarrassing situation; predicament, esp. when caused by one’s own conduct
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Derived forms scraper (ˈscraper)noun
Word originME scrapen < ON skrapa, akin to Du schrapen, OE screpan, to scratch < IE base *(s)ker-, to cut > scurf, sharp
scrape in British English
2. (tr; often foll by away or off)
to scrape one’s knee
7. (transitive)to finish (a surface) by use of a scraper
9. (transitive) computing
13. a harsh or grating sound
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Derived formsscrapable (ˈscrapable)adjective
Word originOld English scrapian; related to Old Norse skrapa, Middle Dutch schrapen, Middle High German schraffen
Examples of ‘scrape’ in a sentence
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I could easily scrape through to the base metal with my fingernail.
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Scrapping vs Scraping – What’s the difference? | WikiDiff
scrapping | scraping |
As verbs the difference between scrapping and scraping is that scrapping is while scraping is. As nouns the difference between scrapping and scraping is that scrapping is the act by which something is scrapped while scraping is the act by which something is scraped.
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The act by which something is scrapped.
* 1993, N. Wijnolst,? C. Peeters,? P. Liebman, European shortsea shipping (page 11)
The number of ship scrappings over the past five years has declined appreciably on an annual basis since the mid-1980s which was a period of intense shipbreaking activity.
The act by which something is scraped.
* 2003, Brad Steiger, Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places (page 30)
We explored the basement, wherein she had so often heard heavy footsteps, thuddings, and scrapings.
What has been removed when something has been scraped.
the scrapings of roads and ditches
Frequently Asked Questions about definition scraping
What does scraping mean?
: to damage (the surface of something) or hurt (a part of your body) by rubbing something rough or sharp against it or by making it rub against something rough or sharp. : to rub or cause (something) to rub against a hard surface and make a harsh and usually unpleasant sound.
What is a scrape in England?
scrape in British English (skreɪp ) verb. to move (a rough or sharp object) across (a surface), esp to smooth or clean. 2. ( tr; often foll by away or off)
Is it scraping or scrapping?
As nouns the difference between scrapping and scraping is that scrapping is the act by which something is scrapped while scraping is the act by which something is scraped.