• Machinery to scrape of bristle
    Machinery to scrape of bristle
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scrape scratch repeatedly "The cat scraped at the armchair"
    • v scrape cut the surface of; wear away the surface of
    • v scrape bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of "The boy skinned his knee when he fell"
    • v scrape gather (money or other resources) together over time "She had scraped together enough money for college","they scratched a meager living"
    • v scrape make by scraping "They scraped a letter into the stone"
    • v scrape bend the knees and bow in a servile manner
    • n scrape an indication of damage
    • n scrape a deep bow with the foot drawn backwards (indicating excessive humility) "all that bowing and scraping did not impress him"
    • n scrape a harsh noise made by scraping "the scrape of violin bows distracted her"
    • n scrape an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Romans used to clean themselves with olive oil since they did not have any soap. They would pour the oil on their bodies, and then use a strigil, which is type of blade, to scrape off any dirt along with the oil
    • Scrape 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 ."
    • Scrape A drawing back of the right foot when bowing; also, a bow made with that accompaniment.
    • Scrape 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.
    • Scrape 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."
    • Scrape To draw back the right foot along the ground or floor when making a bow.
    • Scrape 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. "He tried to scrape acquaintance with her, but failed ignominiously."
    • Scrape To occupy one's self with getting laboriously; as, he scraped and saved until he became rich. "Spend] their scraping fathers' gold."
    • Scrape To play awkwardly and inharmoniously on a violin or like instrument.
    • Scrape 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."
    • Scrape 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.
    • Scrape 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Human skulls had been used as drinking cups for hundreds of years. The muscles and flesh were scraped away, the bottom was hacked off and then they were suitable to hold any beverage.
    • scrape To shave or abrade the surface of with a sharp or rough instrument, especially a broad instrument, or with something hard; scratch, rasp, or shave, as a surface, by the action of a sharp or rough instrument; grate harshly over.
    • scrape To make clean or smooth by scratching, rasping, or planing with something sharp or hard.
    • scrape To remove or take off by or as by scratching or rubbing; erase: with out, off, or the like.
    • scrape To collect by careful effort; gather by small earnings or savings: with together or up, or the like: as, to scrape enough money together to buy a new watch.
    • scrape Synonyms Scrape, Scratch, Chafe, Abrade, Erode. Scraping is done with a comparatively broad surface: as, to scrape the ground with a hoe; scratching is done with that which is somewhat sharp: as, to scratch the ground with a rake; chafing and abrading are done by pressure or friction: as, a chafed heel. Erode is chiefly a geological term, meaning to wear away by degrees as though by gnawing or biting out small amounts. Scraping generally removes or wears the surface; scratching makes lines upon the surface; chafing produces heat and finally soreness; abrading wears away the surface; eroding may cut deep holes. Only chafe may be freely figurative.
    • scrape To scratch, or grub in the ground, as fowls.
    • scrape To rub lightly or gratingly: as, the branches scraped against the windows.
    • scrape To draw back the foot in making obeisance: as, to bow and scrape.
    • scrape To play with a bow on a stringed instrument: a more or less derogatory use.
    • scrape To save; economize; hoard penuriously.
    • n scrape The act or noise of scraping or rubbing, as with something that roughens or removes a surface; hence, the effect of scraping, rubbing, or scratching: as, a noisy scrape on a floor; the scrape of a pen.
    • n scrape A scraping or drawing back of the foot in making obeisance.
    • n scrape An embarrassing position, usually due to imprudence and thoughtlessness.
    • n scrape The concreted turpentine obtained by scraping it out from incisions in the trunks of Pinus australis.
    • n scrape A shave.
    • n scrape Same as scrap.
    • scrape To scratch; draw sharply across something; “strike,” as a match.
    • scrape To remove the scrape, or concreted turpentine, from the faces of turpentined trees.
    • scrape In golf, to drag the club slowly along the ground in the act of putting.
    • n scrape A small dredge which removes material by scraping the top; a scraper.
    • n scrape A plow or cultivator shovel consisting of a straight horizontal blade of steel, in use placed obliquely on the stock; a scraper.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Scrape skrāp to make a harsh or grating noise on: to rub with something sharp: to remove by drawing a sharp edge over: to collect by laborious effort: to save penuriously: to erase
    • v.i Scrape to grub in the ground: to rub lightly: to draw back the foot in making obeisance: to play on a stringed instrument
    • n Scrape a perplexing situation: difficulty: a shave
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  • Bryan Adams
    Bryan Adams
    “I got in trouble with the police, and that was a rude awakening. That was it. I'd seen the bottom of the pit, and it was time to scrape myself out of it.”
  • John Milton
    “Nor aught availed him now to have built in heaven high towers; nor did he scrape by all his engines, but was headlong sent with his industrious crew to build in hell.”
  • C. E. Montague
    C. E. Montague
    “A lie will easily get you out of a scrape, and yet, strangely and beautifully, rapture possesses you when you have taken the scrape and left out the lie.”


Scraping the barrel - When all the best people, things or ideas and so on are used up and people try to make do with what they have left, they are scraping the barrel.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. skrapa,; akin to Sw. skrapa, Dan. skrabe, D. schrapen, schrabben, G. schrappen, and prob. to E. sharp,


In literature:

It would have got Flossie into a terrific scrape with Vivian, and probably with Miss Maitland as well.
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil
There was barely room enough for him to squat in an upright position, and even then his head scraped a sharp point of rock.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
Wash and scrape until clean, and cook until tender.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
They're dry, but if I scrape 'em into the puddin', Mrs. Kukor says they'll make it taste fine!
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Again and again the ship struck, as she scraped by the berg.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
He had been in a great many sad scrapes before the one in which the reader now finds him.
"In School and Out" by Oliver Optic
Because if you hadn't been along with us we'd never have got out of this scrape.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Lawsey, I used to get inside the barrel and scrape and scrape and scrape until there wasn't any sweetness left.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
I hope all the fellows will do their duty, and not get into any scrapes, replied Paul, very seriously.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
Next I was conscious of a scraping noise in his throat, accompanied by a slight ticking.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, May 19, 1920" by Various

In poetry:

We all liked Mister Thomas,
He was so kind at heart;
And when the young folkes got in scrapes,
He always took their part.
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
The lonely sunsets flame and die;
The giant valleys gulp the night;
The monster mountains scrape the sky,
Where eager stars are diamond-bright.
"The Land God Forgot" by Robert W Service
But alang wi' its sough comes an eerie soun'
They dinna like to hear—
The scrape o' the fiddle, that comes by fits,
Frae the brig sae auld an' drear.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
And the sea it riz with a terrible sizz
While the Sue on the rocks she scraped;
And of all the crew that her anchor drew
Not more than a thousand escaped.
"Eberly's Fair Young Bride" by Wallace Irwin
My desk is not so wide that I might lean
Against the edge and reach out past the shell
Of board and glass, beyond the isthmus in
The endless miles of my scraped out farewell.
"My desk is not so wide that I might lean" by Boris Pasternak
By Rome's dim relics there walks a man,
Eyes bent; and he carries a basket and spade;
I guess what impels him to scrape and scan;
Yea, his dreams of that Empire long decayed.
"The Roman Gravemounds" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

I often received cuts, scrapes or bruises.
One of my favorite treatments for sore muscles or minor scrapes was to pull out the bottle of witch hazel.
We cannot scrape history clean.
Superstorm Sandy scrapes ashore .
If the blender does have a tamper, use a spoon to scrape off the sides and keep blending until smooth.
Scrape seeds out and bake in a 350 degree pre-heated oven for 45 minutes.
COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va (WTVR) – She still has her stitches on her upper lip but said her bruises and scrapes are healing.
She still has her stitches on her upper lip but said her bruises and scrapes are healing.
Coastal redwoods scrape the foggy sky in Prairie Creek Redwood State Park in northern Humboldt County.
Bx12 service to Orchard Beach went local this week, with NYC Transit scraping the long-standing express service to the sandy spot this year because of confusion for riders, the agency said.
Soaking it in water overnight will restore moisture lost in scraping and make it easier to carve .
Hundreds of families who had managed to scrape by, with the help of child care subsidies, now have to do without them.
Rome's squatters scrape by at the margins in Italy's crisis .
The little saws have been scraping away all day.
Dip half of each cookie into the melted chips, scraping along edge of pot or bowl to remove excess coating.

In science:

No surprise that the X-ray afterglows tend to show Fe and Mg in their early (redshifted) absorption spectra, in particular strong Fe K-edge absorption (Amati et al 2000), scraped off a neutron star’s surface.
Gamma-Ray Bursts: their Sources
To erase, etymologically, is derived from Latin words meaning ‘to scrape out.’ Clearly this meaning is derived from times when writing was often carved in stone.
Quantum complimentarity, erasers and photons
Specific challenges of open data are document scraping, image processing, and structure/schema recognition.
Open Data: Reverse Engineering and Maintenance Perspective
Scripts scrape Web sites that contain open data and make the results available for simple interactive exploration or for download (CSV, JSON, or SQLite).
Open Data: Reverse Engineering and Maintenance Perspective
Indeed, when the beam is ’scraped’ for about 15 µs right after injection, by temporarily displacing the stored muon beam several millimeters vertically and horizontally in order to force the loss of muons with tra jectories close to the collimators.
The Muon Anomaly: Experiment and Theory