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  Dictionary Definition of rasp

rasp
verb (t)
1. to scrape or abrade with a rough instrument.
2. to scrape or rub roughly.
3. to grate upon or irritate (the nerves, feelings, etc.).
4. to utter with a grating sound.
-- verb (i)
5. to scrape or grate.
6. to make a grating sound.
-- noun
7. the act of rasping.
8. a rasping sound.
9. a coarse form of file, having separate pointlike teeth.
10. any similar surface.
[ME raspe ( n ), from OF rasper scrape, grate, from Gmc; cf. obs. G raspen grate]
Rasp
noun Charles, 1846--1907, Australian miner, born in Germany; discoverer of silver at Broken Hill, NSW, in 1883 and one of the original shareholders in BHP.