• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Razee rȧ*zē" (Naut) An armed ship having her upper deck cut away, and thus reduced to the next inferior rate, as a seventy-four cut down to a frigate.
    • v. t Razee To cut down to a less number of decks, and thus to an inferior rate or class, as a ship; hence, to prune or abridge by cutting off or retrenching parts; as, to razee a book, or an article.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n razee A ship of war cut down to a smaller size by reducing the number of decks.
    • razee To cut down or reduce to a lower class, as a ship; hence, to lessen or abridge by cutting out parts: as, to razee a book or an article.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Razee ra-zē′ a ship-of-war cut down by reducing the number of decks.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. vaisseau rasé, fr. raser, to raze, to cut down ships. See Raze (v. t.) Rase (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. rasé, cut down.


In literature:

He razed a fort they had constructed, and thoroughly defeated them in several successive battles.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic
They soon rallied, and, in 1763, under Jassa Singh Ahluwalia and Raja Ala Singh of Patiala razed Sirhind to the ground.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
The castles of rebel chieftains were razed to the ground.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
The strongest walls are razed by the Germans' big guns!
"Trapped in 'Black Russia'" by Ruth Pierce
Czehryn, after a close investment of a month, was carried by storm, the garrison put to the sword, and the fortifications razed.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843" by Various
The city was razed to the ground.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Fortifications are said to be razed when totally demolished.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Fixed under the ear of the beast, the arrow razes the surface of the skin, and dyes the bristles red with a little blood.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Shall we desire to raze the sanctuary, And pitch our evils there?
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
The fortifications were razed in the seventeenth century and gave place to artizans' houses.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
Under pressure Leopold signed an agreement to raze the fortifications on the Belgian frontier.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
It is now razed almost to foundation level; but it can be seen that it was flanked with halls each having four columns in front.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
It razed or emptied the temples, shivered to pieces the symbols.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
They had burnt it down, razed it to the ground.
"Regina or the Sins of the Fathers" by Hermann Sudermann
Do ye surrender in peace, or choose ye that we raze Wark Castle with the ground?
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
The rest of the original building was either razed already or else unfit to stand.
"Peccavi" by E. W. Hornung
It was the same with the razee.
"Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812" by James Barnes
Yes, it's a rotten place, and if I had my way I'd raze it to the ground!
"A Canterbury Pilgrimage" by Joseph Pennell and Elizabeth Robins Pennell
There are scarcely any remains of Sandal Castle, which was razed by order of the Long Parliament in 1648.
"Richard III: His Life & Character" by Clements R. Markham
It was razed to the ground by Tullus Hostilius in B.C.
"Old Rome" by Robert Burn

In poetry:

And when my singing
Has razed your quite,
I shall have lost
Half my delight.
"The Stream’s Song" by Lascelles Abercrombie
Let Gaul and Goth pollute the shrine,
Level the altar, fire the fane:
There is no razing the Divine;
The Gods return, the Gods remain.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
See FRIENDSHIP from her azure eye
Drops the fond balm for ev'ry pain
She comes, the offspring of the sky,
"Echo to Him Who Complains" by Mary Darby Robinson
Has experienced and has perched
Has put up with it and has disinvested
Has raised and has razed
Has pondered and has asked
Has said and has raised
"Creation Made Like Hope" by James Dickey
Out of the East came gaunt razees of commerce
Troubling the dappled azure of the seas;
While sleeping marsh awoke, and vanished under
The thrusting open fingers of the quays.
"The Pirates" by DuBose Heyward
So when the Hopes of Fame, and hostile Spoils
To glorious Hazard push th' embattled Files.
Resolv'd they move, and all the Danger court,
Scale the high Wall, and raze the batter'd Fort:
War to the truly brave is only Sport.
"Oppian's Halieuticks Part I: Of The Nature of Fishes: In Two Books: Book Two" by William Diaper

In news:

Developers began razing motels and condominiums sprouted up.
A retooling plan for Detroit – involving controversial razing, shrinking, and repurposing – is under way as the Motor City tries to save itself.
Raze the dead in Motor City .
Old Leetonia movie theater razed.
LEETONIA— The old movie theater on Chestnut Street has been razed.
LEETONIA- The old movie theater on Chestnut Street has been razed.
Cal Razes Latest Occupy the Farm Greens at Gill Tract.
The gas station-turned-pizza shop and a few adjacent buildings are expected to be razed for, rumor has it, yet another student high-rise.
Wild fires raze parts of Oklahoma.
AEP working underground while buildings razed above.
Idaho Prison Razes Tribal Sweat Lodge.
Memphis to raze Downtown silos considered an eyesore.
Was the De Soto City Council right to buy and raze the old filling station at 83rd and Kill Creek Road.
Sudan forces raze remote border village.
New plan would raze vacant Auburn Lanes.