Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of scraping or shaving; a rasing or erasing; a scratch.
- n. Same as erasure.
- n. law Scraping the surface of a parchment etc. in order to erase something from the document; erasure, more generally.
- n. Obliteration, destruction.
- n. obsolete Shaving the head, or an instance of this; a tonsure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of rasing, scraping, or erasing; erasure; obliteration.
- n. A mark by which a letter, word, or any part of a writing or print, is erased, effaced, or obliterated; an erasure.
- From Anglo-Norman rasure, Middle French rasure, from Latin rasura ("scraping, shaving"), from the participle stem of radere ("to scrape, shave"). (Wiktionary)
“A few summers ago, I was watching, with more than usual emotion, the rasure of a great edifice at a corner of Hanover Square.”
“There were two reasons why this rasure especially affected me.”
“The King sent to the Lords more peremptoryly, and they, with much grumbling, agreed to the rasure.”
“When we began to talk of the Lords, the King sent for us alone, and recommended a rasure of all proceedings.”
“Also the rasure or shaving which is on the overmost part of the head signifieth that between God and them ought to be nothing ne mean that should displease God, but their love should be in God without any letting and empeshment and should address in him their thoughts.”
“There be three reasons why the head is bare, of which S. Denis assigneth the twain, and saith the rasure and cutting off of the hair signifieth pure life and clean without any arraying withoutforth; for like as hairs be naturally for to adorn the head, right so deform they the head when they be cut off by mockery or otherwise.”
“Nov. 13, 1804, of a mortification in his leg, originating in the seemingly slight circumstance of a rasure against a chair, in the act of reaching a book from a shelf.”
“But the images which memory presents are of a stubborn and untractable nature, the objects of remembrance have already existed, and left their signature behind them impressed upon the mind, so as to defy all attempts of rasure or of change.”
“For like as winter rasure doth alway arase and deface green summer, so fareth it by unstable love in man and woman.”
“For in many persons there is no stability; for we may see all day, for a little blast of winter's rasure, anon we shall deface and lay apart true love for little or nought, that cost much thing; this is no wisdom nor stability, but it is feebleness of nature and great disworship, whosomever useth this.”
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