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.
Scrape, v. i.
1. To rub over the surface of anything with something which roughens or removes it, or which smooths or cleans it; to rub harshly and noisily along.
2. To occupy one's self with getting laboriously; as, he scraped and saved until he became rich. “[Spend] their scraping fathers' gold.”
3. To play awkwardly and inharmoniously on a violin or like instrument.
4. To draw back the right foot along the ground or floor when making a bow.
1. The act of scraping; also, the effect of scraping, as a scratch, or a harsh sound; as, a noisy scrape on the floor; a scrape of a pen.
2. A drawing back of the right foot when bowing; also, a bow made with that accompaniment.
3. A disagreeable and embarrassing predicament out of which one can not get without undergoing, as it were, a painful rubbing or scraping; a perplexity; a difficulty.
The too eager pursuit of this his old enemy through thick and thin has led him into many of these scrapes. --Bp. Warburton.
n 1: a harsh noise made by scraping; "the scrape of violin bows
distracted her" [syn: scraping, scratch, scratching]
2: an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off [syn: abrasion,
3: a deep bow with the foot drawn backwards (indicating
excessive humility); "all that bowing and scraping did not
impress him" [syn: scraping]
4: an indication of damage [syn: scratch, scar, mark]
v 1: scratch repeatedly; "The cat scraped at the armchair" [syn:
2: make by scraping; "They scraped a letter into the stone"
3: cut the surface of; wear away the surface of [syn: scratch,
4: bend the knees and bow in a servile manner [syn: kowtow, genuflect]
5: gather (money or other resources) together over time; "She
had scraped together enough money for college" [syn: scrape
up, come up]
6: bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of; "The boy
skinned his knee when he fell" [syn: skin]
7: strike against an object; "She stubbed her one's toe in the
dark and now it's broken" [syn: stub, skin, abrade]