raze

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v raze tear down so as to make flat with the ground "The building was levelled"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Raze rāz A Shakespearean word (used once) supposed to mean the same as race, a root.
    • Raze To erase; to efface; to obliterate. "Razing the characters of your renown."
    • Raze To subvert from the foundation; to lay level with the ground; to overthrow; to destroy; to demolish. "The royal hand that razed unhappy Troy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • raze See rase.
    • n raze An obsolete form of racc.
    • n raze A swinging fence set up in a watercourse to prevent the passage of cattle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Raze rāz (Shak.) Same as Race (3).
    • v.t Raze rāz to lay level with the ground: to overthrow: to destroy.
    • n Raze rāz a swinging fence in a water-course to prevent the passage of cattle.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. raser,. See Rase (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

The whole troop, however, bunked in a small fourth building because this would not be in process of razing.
"Roy Blakeley in the Haunted Camp" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
In a few days, no doubt, the castle will be razed to the ground.
"Trusia" by Davis Brinton
The last were razed in 1890, and the town was permitted to expand in this direction.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
A mosaic on a level with the ground was often the only vestige of an elegant villa razed to its foundations by the invaders.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Here barriers of conventions were razed as simply and naturally as among children.
"Astounding Stories, June, 1931" by Various
The fortifications were razed and their site converted into promenades in 1874.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
The villages began to burn (one hundred and twenty were destroyed), the crops to be razed.
"The Battle of Blenheim" by Hilaire Belloc
It shall be razed to the ground!
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
The Egyptian authorities now resolved to raze Damietta, which, however, was rebuilt shortly after.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
How can a big, strong steamer have her three masts razed to deck level?
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
He set about razing them with cheerful serenity.
"The Furnace" by Rose Macaulay
The building was razed to the ground, and every nun perished.
"Tales of the Wonder Club" by M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)
The court before which he was tried condemned him to death and ordered his home to be razed.
"The History of Cuba, vol. 1" by Willis Fletcher Johnson
We shall raze them to the ground.
"My Own Story" by Emmeline Pankhurst
The very ruins had been razed to the ground, the very corpses tortured.
"The Woman of Mystery" by Maurice Leblanc
In 1761 its walls were razed by the French.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 2" by Various
Commandant Fleury has had no time hitherto to waste on mere cut-throats, although I had thoughts before now of razing the place to the ground.
"Lord Tony's Wife" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Religious, civic, and military establishments were razed, demolished, or burnt, regardless of their past associations or present artistic worth.
"Dumas' Paris" by Francis Miltoun
The bridge itself, or what was left of it, was razed in the nineteenth century, which is of course to be regretted.
"The Cathedrals of Southern France" by Francis Miltoun
Thebes was forced to surrender and razed to the ground.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6" by Various
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In poetry:

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
'The horrid plough had razed the green
Where we have often play'd;
The axe had fell'd the hawthorn tree,
The school-boy's summer shade.
"A Tale" by John Logan
See FRIENDSHIP from her azure eye
Drops the fond balm for ev'ry pain
She comes, the offspring of the sky,
"TO RAZE THE TROUBLES OF THE brain."
"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
Prince Charming, when the wizard's wand
Had wrecked for aye my fairyland;
Had razed my castles to the earth,
And killed my child heart with his mirth;
Then weeds grew rank where flowers had been,
And slow snakes flashed their length between.
"A Fairy Prince" by Dora Sigerson Shorter

In news:

Judge Gives OK to Raze Unfinished Harmon Hotel in Las Vegas.
L'Anse DDA votes to raze building.
Board OKs deal to raze courthouse.
County Planning To Raze Former Stores.
Crews raze homes after deadly Ind.
Fires raze homes in two mountain towns.
Pan Am buyer to raze rinks.
Raze the Electoral College.
Raze hazardous vacant homes.
Raze old house and put parking lot in Kennett Square.
Police raze camps, drive protesters from 2 squares.
Next week, the Kansas Board of Regents will consider the request to raze the 10-story McCollum Hall and use the site for parking.
Crews Raze Homes After Deadly Ind.
Will be used to raze onetime city garage.
City gets grant to help raze vacant business building.
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