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SCRAPE, verb transitive [Latin scribo, Gr. to write. See Grave.]

1. To rub the surface of any thing with a sharp or rough instrument, or with something hard; as, to scrap the floor; to scrape a vessel for cleaning it; to scrape the earth; to scrape the body. Job 2:8.

2. To clean by scraping. Leviticus 14:41.

3. To remove or take off by rubbing.

I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock. Ezekiel 26:4.

4. To act upon the surface with a grating noise.

The chiming clocks to dinner call; a hundred footsteps scrape the marble hall.

To scrape off, to remove by scraping; to clear away by rubbing.

To scrape together, to gather by close industry or small gains or savings; as, to scrape together a good estate.

SCRAPE, verb intransitive

1. To make a harsh noise.

2. To play awkwardly on a violin.

3. To make an awkward bow.

To scrape acquaintance, to make one's self acquainted; to curry favor. [A low phrase introduced from the practice of scraping in bowing.]

SCRAPE, noun

1. A rubbing.

2. The sound of the foot drawn over the floor.

3. A bow.

4. Difficulty; perplexity; distress; that which harasses. [A low word.]