Definitions of scrape

  1. To make a harsh noise; to play awkwardly on the violin; to make an awkward bow. To scrape acquaintance, to make one's self acquainted.
  2. To scratch with a hard surface or edge, or remove by such process.
  3. To draw together little by little; economize.
  4. To remove by rubbing or scraping ( in the sense above).
  5. To collect by, or as by, a process of scraping; to gather in small portions by laborious effort; hence, to acquire avariciously and save penuriously; - often followed by together or up; as, to scrape money together.
  6. To express disapprobation of, as a play, or to silence, as a speaker, by drawing the feet back and forth upon the floor; - usually with down.
  7. To draw over harshly or gratingly; rub or scratch with something sharp; clean by rubbing with something sharp or rough; remove by, or as by, rasping or grating; followed by out, from, etc.; gather or accumulate in small amounts, with effort, as savings.
  8. To make a harsh or grating noise on: to rub with something sharp: to remove by drawing a sharp edge over: to collect by laborious effort: to save penuriously.
  9. To rub or abrade with something sharp; grate; collect laboriously.
  10. To rub over the surface of anything with something which roughens or removes it, or which smooths or cleans it; to rub harshly and noisily along.
  11. To occupy one's self with getting laboriously; as, he scraped and saved until he became rich.
  12. To play awkwardly and inharmoniously on a violin or like instrument.
  13. To rub something gratingly; to save money by being economical; bow by awkwardly drawing back the foot.
  14. strike against an object, as of one's toe or foot
  15. bend the knees and bow in a servile manner
  16. scratch repeatedly; " The cat scraped at the armchair"
  17. cut the surface of; wear away the surface of
  18. bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of; " The boy skinned his knee when he fell"
  19. To rub with something sharp or rough; to clean by scraping; to remove by scraping; to gather laboriously by small gains or savings.
  20. To rub or clean the surface of a thing with something rough, sharp, or edged; to collect or gather; to erase or rub out; to act on a surface so as to produce a grating noise; to make a noise by drawing the feet backwards and forwards upon the floor; to make an awkward bow.
  21. a harsh noise made by scraping; " the scrape of violin bows distracted her"
  22. gather ( money or other resources) together over time; " She had scraped together enough money for college"
  23. make by scraping; " They scraped a letter into the stone"
  24. To rub over the surface of ( something) with a sharp or rough instrument; to rub over with something that roughens by removing portions of the surface; to grate harshly over; to abrade; to make even, or bring to a required condition or form, by moving the sharp edge of an instrument breadthwise over the surface with pressure, cutting away excesses and superfluous parts; to make smooth or clean; as, to scrape a bone with a knife; to scrape a metal plate to an even surface.
  25. The act of scraping; also, the effect of scraping, as a scratch, or a harsh sound; as, a noisy scrape on the floor; a scrape of a pen.
  26. A drawing back of the right foot when bowing; also, a bow made with that accompaniment.
  27. A disagreeable and embarrassing predicament out of which one can not get without undergoing, as it were, a painful rubbing or scraping; a perplexity; a difficulty.
  28. The act, noise, or effect of harsh rubbing or grating; a difficulty.
  29. Scraper.
  30. A perplexing situation: difficulty.
  31. The act or effect of scraping.
  32. A predicament.
  33. A rubbing; the sound of the foot drawn over the floor; a bow; difficulty; perplexity.
  34. A situation of difficulty, perplexity, or distress.