scrape

To scrape something is to scratch or remove its surface. If you scrape your knee, you'll probably need a Band Aid.

You can scrape the toe of your favorite boots, or scrape your arm on a branch. This might cause a scrape on your skin or your shoe, a mark that shows. There is also a kind of scrape you can hear, like the scrape of a chair on a floor, and the kind of scrape, or awkward situation, you suddenly find yourself in. People also scrape things together, or gather up as much as they can find.

Primary Meanings of scrape

1.
vn
cut the surface of; wear away the surface of
an indication of damage
2.
vn
bend the knees and bow in a servile manner
a deep bow with the foot drawn backwards (indicating excessive humility)
3.
v
gather (money or other resources) together over time
Full Definitions of scrape
1

v cut the surface of; wear away the surface of

Synonyms:
scratch, scratch up
Types:
claw
scratch, scrape, pull, or dig with claws or nails
scuff
mar by scuffing
clapperclaw
claw with the nails
Type of:
incise
make an incision into by carving or cutting

v bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of

Synonyms:
skin
Type of:
injure, wound
cause injuries or bodily harm to

v make by scraping

“They scraped a letter into the stone”
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

v scratch repeatedly

“The cat scraped at the armchair”
Synonyms:
grate
Types:
paw
scrape with the paws
Type of:
rub
move over something with pressure

n an indication of damage

Synonyms:
mark, scar, scratch
Type of:
blemish, defect, mar
a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

n an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off

Synonyms:
abrasion, excoriation, scratch
Types:
graze
a superficial abrasion
rope burn
abrasion (usually on the hands) caused by friction from a rope
Type of:
lesion, wound
an injury to living tissue (especially an injury involving a cut or break in the skin)

n a harsh noise made by scraping

“the scrape of violin bows distracted her”
Synonyms:
scraping, scratch, scratching
Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
2

v bend the knees and bow in a servile manner

Synonyms:
genuflect, kowtow
Type of:
bow
bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting

n a deep bow with the foot drawn backwards (indicating excessive humility)

Synonyms:
scraping
Type of:
bow, bowing, obeisance
bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
3

v gather (money or other resources) together over time

“She had scraped together enough money for college”
Synonyms:
come up, scrape up, scratch
Types:
nickel-and-dime
accumulate gradually
Type of:
accumulate, amass, collect, compile, hoard, pile up, roll up
get or gather together

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