Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To erase.
  • v. Variant of raze.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A scratching out, or erasure
  • n. A slight wound; a scratch
  • n. A way of measuring in which the commodity measured was made even with the top of the measuring vessel by rasing, or striking off, all that was above it
  • v. to rub along the surface of; to graze
  • v. to rub or scratch out; to erase
  • v. to level with the ground; to overthrow; to destroy; to raze
  • v. to be leveled with the ground; to fall; to suffer overthrow

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A scratching out, or erasure.
  • n. A slight wound; a scratch.
  • n. A way of measuring in which the commodity measured was made even with the top of the measuring vessel by rasing, or striking off, all that was above it.
  • intransitive v. To be leveled with the ground; to fall; to suffer overthrow.
  • transitive v. To rub along the surface of; to graze.
  • transitive v. To rub or scratch out; to erase.
  • transitive v. To level with the ground; to overthrow; to destroy; to raze.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To scrape or glance along the surface of; scratch; graze; shave.
  • To obliterate by scraping; erase; cancel; hence, to strike out of existence; annul; destroy: often with out.
  • To level with the ground or the supporting surface; tear down or demolish; reduce to ruins: in this sense now always spelled raze.
  • Synonyms Raze, Demolish. See demolish.
  • Same as race.
  • n. A scratch; an abrasion; a slight wound.
  • n. A Middle English form of race.
  • n. An imperfection in velveteen or other pile fabric after the pile is cut.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. tear down so as to make flat with the ground

Etymologies

Middle English rasen, to scrape off, erase; see raze.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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