DICT.TW Dictionary Taiwan

Search for: [Show options]

[Pronunciation] [Help] [Database Info] [Server Info]

1 definition found

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Scrape v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scraped p. pr. & vb. n. Scraping.]
 1. To rub over the surface of (something) with a sharp or rough instrument; to rub over with something that roughens by removing portions of the surface; to grate harshly over; to abrade; to make even, or bring to a required condition or form, by moving the sharp edge of an instrument breadthwise over the surface with pressure, cutting away excesses and superfluous parts; to make smooth or clean; as, to scrape a bone with a knife; to scrape a metal plate to an even surface.
 2. To remove by rubbing or scraping (in the sense above).
    I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock.   --Ezek. xxvi. 4.
 3. To collect by, or as by, a process of scraping; to gather in small portions by laborious effort; hence, to acquire avariciously and save penuriously; -- often followed by together or up; as, to scrape money together.
    The prelatical party complained that, to swell a number the nonconformists did not choose, but scrape, subscribers.   --Fuller.
 4. To express disapprobation of, as a play, or to silence, as a speaker, by drawing the feet back and forth upon the floor; -- usually with down.
 To scrape acquaintance, to seek acquaintance otherwise than by an introduction.
    He tried to scrape acquaintance with her, but failed ignominiously.   --G. W. Cable.