rasp (plural rasps)

  1. 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.
  2. The sound made by this tool when used, or any similar sound.
    the rasp of her perpetual cough
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rasp (rasps, present participle rasping; past rasped, past participle rasped)

  1. (intransitive) To use a rasp.
  2. (intransitive) To make a noise similar to the one a rasp makes in use; to utter rasps.
  3. (transitive) To work something with a rasp.
    to rasp wood to make it smooth; to rasp bones to powder
  4. (ambitransitive, figurative) To grate harshly upon; to offend by coarse or rough treatment or language.
    Some sounds rasp the ear.
    His insults rasped my temper.
  • French: râper
  • Portuguese: grosar
  • Russian: обдира́ть
  • Spanish: raspar, escofinar
  • Portuguese: raspar
  • Russian: скрести́
  • Portuguese: grosar

rasp (plural rasps)

  1. (obsolete) The raspberry.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      Set sorrel amongst rasps, and the rasps will be smaller.

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