rasp definition, meaning - what is rasp in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “rasp”

See all translations

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…
(Definition of rasp from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of rasp?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “rasp” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Kate Woodford,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ebolaphobia noun

June 01, 2015
irrational fear of the (spread of) the Ebola virus Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Read More