to deprive of or free from an outer layer, adhering matter, etc., or to smooth by drawing or rubbing something, especially a sharp or rough instrument, over the surface: to scrape a table to remove paint and varnish.
to remove (an outer layer, adhering matter, etc.) in this way: to scrape the paint and varnish from a table.
to scratch, injure, or mar the surface of in this way: to scrape one's arm on a rough wall.
to produce by scraping: He scraped his initials on the rock.
to collect or do by or as if by scraping; do or gather laboriously or with difficulty (usually followed by up or together): They managed to scrape together a football team.
to rub harshly on or across (something): Don't scrape the floor with your boots!
to draw or rub (a thing) roughly across something: Scrape your shoes on the doormat before you come in.
to level (an unpaved road) with a grader.
Digital Technology. to extract (data) from a digital source for automated replication, formatting, or manipulation by a computer program, as in data mining or website data analysis: This project scrapes comments on online forums for linguistic research.We can scrape older data from obsolete systems with a very simple interface.
to scrape something.
to rub against something gratingly.
to produce a grating and unmusical tone from a string instrument.
to draw one's foot back noisily along the ground in making a bow.
to manage or get by with difficulty or with only the barest margin: I barely scraped through on the test.
to economize or save by attention to even the slightest amounts: By careful scraping they managed to survive.
an act or instance of scraping.
a drawing back of the foot noisily along the ground in making a bow.
a harsh, shrill, or scratching sound made by scraping.
a scraped place: a scrape on one's elbow.
an embarrassing or distressing situation; predicament: He is always in some kind of a scrape.
a difference of opinion, fight, or quarrel; scrap.
the process of extracting data from a digital source for automated replication, formatting, or manipulation by a computer program, as in data mining or website data analysis: How long will the scrape take to complete?
the product of this process: The scrape maliciously copied private content to manipulate search engine rankings.
- scrap·a·ble, adjective
- scrapeage, noun
- un·scraped, adjective
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How to use scrape in a sentence
A case with a raised edge around the screen can provide a handy bumper that surrounds the display and protects it from small bumps, scrapes, and accidental trips to the floor.The best Apple Watch case to protect the computer on your wrist | Stan Horaczek | August 23, 2021 | Popular-Science
After spending weeks on a Conservation Corps in the Arizona desert last fall, my work pants reeked of urine and my legs suffered dozens of scrapes from trying to find a secluded spot to squat in thorny Devils Claw.
There might some scrapes on it, but unless it gets run over by a car, it really shouldn’t crack or anything.A college pitcher is trying to turn the theft of his prosthetic arm into a charity drive | Cindy Boren | May 7, 2021 | Washington Post
Compean, who sustained just a few minor cuts and scrapes, yelled repeatedly to no one in particular.A hiker was lost and desperate. A stranger with an unusual hobby saved him. | Sydney Page | April 22, 2021 | Washington Post
You remember it when you park or whenever another car gets a little too close in traffic, given the pricey consequences of a scratch or scrape.The Rolls-Royce Ghost: A magic carpet ride that costs as much as a house | Jonathan M. Gitlin | April 12, 2021 | Ars Technica
British Dictionary definitions for scrape
to move (a rough or sharp object) across (a surface), esp to smooth or clean
(tr; often foll by away or off) to remove (a layer) by rubbing
to produce a harsh or grating sound by rubbing against (an instrument, surface, etc)
(tr) to injure or damage by rough contact: to scrape one's knee
(intr) to be very economical or sparing in the use (of) (esp in the phrase scrimp and scrape)
(intr) to draw the foot backwards in making a bow
(tr) to finish (a surface) by use of a scraper
(tr) to make (a bearing, etc) fit by scraping
bow and scrape to behave with excessive humility
the act of scraping
a scraped place
a harsh or grating sound
informal an awkward or embarrassing predicament
informal a conflict or struggle
- scrapable, adjective
- scraper, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with scrape
see (scrape the) bottom of the barrel; bow and scrape; scare (scrape) up.
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