Meaning of rasp

rasp

Pronunciation: (rasp, räsp), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to scrape or abrade with a rough instrument.
  2. to scrape or rub roughly: The glacier rasped the valley floor.
  3. to grate upon or irritate: The sound rasped his nerves.
  4. to utter with a grating sound: to rasp out an answer.
—v.i.
  1. to scrape or grate.
  2. to make a grating sound.
—n.
  1. an act of rasping.
  2. a rasping sound.
  3. a coarse file, used mainly on wood, having separate conical teeth.
  4. (in an insect) a roughened surface used in stridulation.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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