Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A scraping or shaving; rasure.
- n. In pharmacy, the division of substances by the rasp or file.
“The regimes rasion d'etre would disappear overnight.”
“So long as the declivity of the stream is great, the greater the load of sand carried the greater the rate of vertical cutting; but when the declivity is reduced, so that part of the load is thrown down, vertical cutting is changed to lateral and the rate of cor-rasion multiplied thereby.”
“Trying to convince one's self that armed resistance isn't actually the organization's rasion d'être takes a Golden Gate Bridge-sized suspension of disbelief.”
“This particular rifle’s rasion d’etre wasn’t to punch paper, for sure.”
“As a recent graduate of environmental studies I must confess to have acquired as many questions as I have answers, but as free as I currently am of the dogmas associated with blind dedication to a theory/cause/rasion d’etre”
“After all, you base your whole rasion d’etre on the very history that Cheryl cited.”
“i knew he was injured for a while but even though he moved "down" (albeit to a bigger club) his performances (apparently) have been getting good reviews and he seems to score a few goals wherever he goes - which is a bonus for a defender but not their main rasion d'etre (ie what's the point if he gets a header in from a corner if he is a factor for us conceding several).”
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