Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: verb

To scrape or grate, as with a rasp; treat roughly; affect harshly.

Part of speech: noun

A file like tool having coarse pyramidal projections for abrasions.

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Usage examples "rasp":

  1. Then there came the sound of a heavy door slammed forcibly against the wind, the rasp of a bolt in its lock, and Katharine knew that she had not been heard, and that she had been shut up alone in the great, desolate place. - "The Brass Bound Box", Evelyn Raymond.
  2. Now and then a water rat would rustle across his path, its passage marked only by the rasp of claws on rock. - "The Return of Tharn", Howard Carleton Browne.
  3. Thus in the first pair of the Necrophorus humator and of the Pelobius which I examined, the rasp was considerably larger in the male than in the female; but not so with succeeding specimens. - "The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition)", Charles Darwin.