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rasp

noun uk   /rɑːsp/ us    /ræsp/

rasp noun (TOOL)

[C] a tool with a rough blade, used for shaping wood or metal

rasp noun (SOUND)

[S] a rough unpleasant noise, like metal being rubbed against metal: There was the rasp of a bolt and the door suddenly opened.

rasp

verb uk   /rɑːsp/ us    /ræsp/

rasp verb (MAKE SOUND)

[I or T] to make a rough unpleasant sound, especially while breathing or speaking: I heard his breath rasping in his chest. The gunman rasped (out) an urgent order (= gave it in an unpleasant-sounding voice) to the other members of the gang.

rasp verb (RUB)

[T] to rub something roughly: The horse rasped my hand with his tongue as I fed him the apple.
Translations of “rasp”
in Chinese (Traditional) 工具, 銼, 銼刀…
in Chinese (Simplified) 工具, 锉, 锉刀…
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