• Machinery to scrape of bristle
    Machinery to scrape of bristle
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scraping a deep bow with the foot drawn backwards (indicating excessive humility) "all that bowing and scraping did not impress him"
    • n scraping a harsh noise made by scraping "the scrape of violin bows distracted her"
    • n scraping (usually plural) a fragment scraped off of something and collected "they collected blood scrapings for analysis"
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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
    • a Scraping Resembling the act of, or the effect produced by, one who, or that which, scrapes; as, a scraping noise; a scraping miser.
    • Scraping Something scraped off; that which is separated from a substance, or is collected by scraping; as, the scraping of the street.
    • Scraping The act of scraping; the act or process of making even, or reducing to the proper form, by means of a scraper.
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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.
    • n scraping The act of one who scrapes.
    • n scraping That which is scraped off from a substance, or is collected by scraping or raking: generally used in the plural: as, the scrapings of the street; pot-scrapings.
    • n scraping plural Savings; hard earnings; hoardings.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Scraping that which is scraped off, as the scrapings of the street: shavings, hoardings
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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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Ice. skrapa, to scrape; Dut. schrapen; A.S. scearpian.


In literature:

Don't you say a word about my mother, and you may talk as big as you please about this scrape.
"Little By Little" by William Taylor Adams
I was doing my level best to get you out of the scrape, Frank.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
I don't want the credit of being the ringleader in this scrape after what has happened.
"Breaking Away" by Oliver Optic
Then the mill was stopped and a boy scraped out with a stick or hook the crushed apples.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
A little scraping showed the top of an iron box.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
Scraped sugar to trim the dish, or grated bread.
"The accomplisht cook" by Robert May
Undoubtedly a "shooting scrape" between Dick Darke and Charles Clancy.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Then thoroughly beam or scrape down the inside of the skin, removing all flesh, fat and muscles.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
And unless some one did I saw no chance of gettin' clar o' the scrape I war in.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
Why, we can't scrape up postage for very many letters.
"Marjorie's Busy Days" by Carolyn Wells

In poetry:

"I scraped wi' my foot, master,
Till a' my collars rang,
But still the mair that I did scrape,
Waken woud ye nane."
"The Broomfield Hill" by Andrew Lang
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
He said that he had a mate to meet,
And `I'll see you again,' said he,
Then he hurried away through the crowded street
And the rattle of buses and scrape of feet
Seemed suddenly loud to me.
"Since Then" by Henry Lawson
Counting the red stars and those of plum-color.
The sun rises under the pillar of your tongue.
My hours are married to shadow.
No longer do I listen for the scrape of a keel
On the blank stones of the landing.
"The Colossus" by Sylvia Plath
Through hill and valley every breeze
Had sunk to rest with folded wings:
Keen was the air, but could not freeze,
Nor check, the music of the strings;
So stout and hardy were the band
That scraped the chords with strenuous hand.
"Minstrels" by William Wordsworth
John A. Calhoun, my Joe John, "I wonder what you mean?"
You're always getting in some scrape and getting off your spleen;
Keep cooler, John, and do not fret, however things may go;
You'll longer last and have more friends, John A. Calhoun, my Joe.
"John A. Calhoun, My Joe John" by David John Scott

In news:

Shovels and pitch forks could be heard scraping away the old roof at the Duluth Farmer's Market Saturday.
East winds, ocean-salted, make the pine canopies scrape and yaw.
One contaminated scraping can contaminate the entire lot.
But does it suggest we've scraped the bottom of the barrel.
Restaurateur gets in scrape after scrape amid growth.
Facebook Gets With MediaTek To Scrape Emerging Markets Barrel.
2006 Chevy Silverado Lowering Kit Scrape Coating.
Sounders scrape out narrow win.
How to Scrape Together Cash for College.
After our culinary orgy was concluded, a friend scraped the charred bits off the stone and happily ate them.
Pete Warden, the man who scraped 220 million Facebook public profiles, unveiled his Data Science Toolkit at GigaOM's Structure Big Data to allow anyone to analyze big data on the cheap.
Officials pleased with results of beach scraping .
That's when Buu Tran, Hamacher's mother-in-law, made an unusual proposition: She would scrape his back with a kitchen spoon.
Where to scrape tight muscles is obvious.
Injuries range from broken bones to scrapes NBC News reports.

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