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v. scraped, scrap·ing, scrapes
1. To remove (an outer layer, for example) from a surface by forceful strokes of an edged or rough instrument: scraped the wallpaper off before painting the wall.
2. To abrade or smooth by rubbing with a sharp or rough instrument.
3. To rub (a surface) with considerable pressure, as with an edged instrument or a hard object.
4. To draw (a hard or abrasive object) forcefully over a surface: scraped my fingernails down the blackboard.
5. To injure the surface of by rubbing against something rough or sharp: scraped my knee on the sidewalk.
6. To amass or produce with difficulty: scrape together some cash.
1. To come into sliding, abrasive contact.
2. To rub or move with a harsh grating noise.
3. To give forth a harsh grating noise.
4. To economize or save money by paying attention to very small amounts; scrimp.
5. To succeed or manage with difficulty: scraped through by a narrow margin.
a. The act of scraping.
b. The sound of scraping.
2. An abrasion on the skin.
a. An embarrassing or difficult predicament.
b. A fight; a scuffle. See Synonyms at brawl.

[Middle English scrapen, from Old Norse skrapa; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. the act of scraping
2. a sound produced by scraping
3. (often plural) something scraped off, together, or up; a small amount
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scraping - (usually plural) a fragment scraped off of something and collectedscraping - (usually plural) a fragment scraped off of something and collected; "they collected blood scrapings for analysis"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
fragment - a piece broken off or cut off of something else; "a fragment of rock"
2.scraping - a harsh noise made by scrapingscraping - a harsh noise made by scraping; "the scrape of violin bows distracted her"
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
3.scraping - a deep bow with the foot drawn backwards (indicating excessive humility); "all that bowing and scraping did not impress him"
bowing, obeisance, bow - bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
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(= sound) → raclement m
a scraping of chairs → un raclement de chaises
(= thin layer) [butter, margarine, jam] → noix f
(= sample) [skin, cells, tissue] → prélèvement m
a scraping noise → un raclementscrap merchant n (British)ferrailleur/euse m/fscrap metal nferraille fscrap paper npapier m de brouillon, papier m brouillon
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
References in classic literature ?
I should say that those New England rocks on the sea-coast, which Agassiz imagines to bear the marks of violent scraping contact with vast floating icebergs --I should say, that those rocks must not a little resemble the Sperm Whale in this particular.
A third time it struck, gently as it had before, but the contact resulted in a different sound--the sound of wood scraping upon wood.
It was entirely possible that there might be men on board it who were still ignorant of my presence, for the boat was scraping gently against the rocks upon one side, so that the gentle touch of my boat upon the other easily could have gone unnoticed.
Peer as I would I could not penetrate the darkness, and then I listened intently for the sound of breathing near me; but except for the noise of the rapids, the soft scraping of the boats, and the lapping of the water at their sides I could distinguish no sound.
It had rocked a trifle beneath my weight, but it had been the scraping of its side against the side of my own boat that had seemed most likely to alarm its occupants, if there were any.
We said we should require the rest of the evening for scraping ourselves.
The beast scampered zigzag across the road and the others ran into him; he scraped Blucher against carts and the corners of houses; the road was fenced in with high stone walls, and the donkey gave him a polishing first on one side and then on the other, but never once took the middle; he finally came to the house he was born in and darted into the parlor, scraping Blucher off at the doorway.
Presently it ceased, to be followed by a shuffling noise that the ape-man's trained ears could interpret as resulting from but a single cause--the scraping of leather-shod feet upon the rounds of a ship's monkey-ladder.
The scraping upon the deck of the shoes of one of them startled the girl to a sudden appreciation of her danger, but the warning had come too late.
The land suddenly at night looms up right over your bows, or perhaps the cry of "Broken water ahead!" is raised, and some long mistake, some complicated edifice of self-delusion, over- confidence, and wrong reasoning is brought down in a fatal shock, and the heart-searing experience of your ship's keel scraping and scrunching over, say, a coral reef.
Their chairs made a scraping noise as the gentlemen who had conferred rose with apparent relief, and began walking up and down, arm in arm, to stretch their legs and converse in couples.
The scum of the scrapings of the bottom of the human pit, biologically speaking, resides in Taka-Tiki.

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