Definitions

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

  • n. One that scrapes, especially a tool for scraping off paint or other adherent matter such as ice on a windshield.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An instrument with which anything is scraped.
  • n. An instrument by which the soles of shoes are cleaned from mud and the like, by drawing them across it.
  • n. An instrument drawn by oxen or horses, similar to a plow, that is used for scraping up earth in making or repairing roads, digging cellars, building canals, etc.
  • n. An instrument having two or three sharp sides or edges for cleaning the planks, masts, or decks of a ship.
  • n. In the printing press, a board or blade, the edge of which is made to rub over the tympan sheet, thus producing an impression.
  • n. One who scrapes.
  • n. One who plays awkwardly on a violin.
  • n. One who acquires avariciously and saves penuriously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument with which anything is scraped.
  • n. An instrument by which the soles of shoes are cleaned from mud and the like, by drawing them across it.
  • n. An instrument drawn by oxen or horses, used for scraping up earth in making or repairing roads, digging cellars, canals etc.
  • n. An instrument having two or three sharp sides or edges, for cleaning the planks, masts, or decks of a ship.
  • n. In the printing press, a board, or blade, the edge of which is made to rub over the tympan sheet and thus produce the impression.
  • n. One who scrapes.
  • n. One who plays awkwardly on a violin.
  • n. One who acquires avariciously and saves penuriously.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An instrument with which anything is scraped.
  • n. An apparatus drawn by oxen or horses, and used for scraping earth in making or repairing roads, digging cellars, canals, etc., and generally for raising and removing loosened soil, etc. In use the scraper is held with the handles slightly elevated till it scoops up its charge of earth, which is held by the sides and back. The handles are then pressed downward, which elevates the edge so that it no longer scrapes; the scraper being then drawn along, sliding on the bottom, to the place of discharge, the handles are suddenly and sharply raised, which engages the edge with the ground, and the draft then turns the scraper bottom-side upward, dumping the contents.
  • n. A large broad hoe used in cleaning roads, courtyards, cow-houses, etc.
  • n. An instrument having two or three sides or edges, for cleaning the decks, masts, or planking of ships, etc.
  • n. In engraving: A three-sided and fluted tool set in a wooden handle, used to remove the ridge or bur raised by the burin or dry-point from the sides of furrows cut into the surface of a copperplate. A three-sided tool with a lozenge-shaped point, used by wood-engravers to lower the edges in the light parts of a block in order to protect the edges in presswork.
  • n. In lithography, the angled edge in a press against which the protected sheet is drawn by a scraping movement, and which gives the required impression.
  • n. A marble-workers' tool for cutting flutes and channels.
  • n. A stucco-workers' shaping-tool.
  • n. A tool used by miners for removing the dust or so-called “bore-meal” from the drill-hole.
  • n. A wood-working tool with a straight or a curved blade and with one or two handles, used to remove address-marks from packing-boxes and in finishing fine woodwork.
  • n. A tool used by cabinet-makers in dressing off and smoothing veneers, etc.
  • n. A planing-machine in which the wood is forced against a stationary scraper or cutting-bar.
  • n. An implement of wood, with, a thin blade shaped like an ordinary knife-blade, used to scrape sweat from horses.
  • n. In iron-working, a tool used after the planer to give a true face.
  • n. A road-scraper.
  • n. Milit., an instrument for scraping powder from the bores of mortars and howitzers. It consists of a handle of iron, having a scraper at one end and a spoon for collecting dirt at the other, both made of steel.
  • n. A thumb-flint.
  • n. A small dredge or scoop used for taking oysters, scallops, etc., and also for cleaning off the beds. It is shaped something like a stout scythe, with a bag of iron ring-work on one side of the blade.
  • n. An instrument with which to clean the tongue by scraping off the fur.
  • n. One who scrapes.
  • n. A fiddler, as one who scrapes the strings.
  • n. plural The scratchers or gallinaceous birds of the old order Rasores.
  • n.
  • n. A scraper for boiler-flues which turns on an axis as it is passed through the flue.

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

  • n. any of various hand tools for scraping

Etymologies

to scrap + -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The true sky-scraper is beautiful, and it is beautiful in so far as it is true.

    The House Beautiful

  • The true sky-scraper is beautiful — and this is the reluctant admission of a man who dislikes humanity-festering cities.

    The House Beautiful

  • A scraper is a type of blog that takes content from other people’s site via feeds and uses it, sometimes within Fair Use and often not.

    Splogs on the Rise on Blogspot « Lorelle on WordPress

  • There is a fine old Doric beauty, too, about the padlock and scraper, which is strictly in keeping with the general effect.

    Sketches by Boz

  • "Singing" insects, such as crickets, utter sounds called stridulations by rubbing the edge of one forewing called a scraper against a hard bumpy surface called a file on the opposite forewing.

    chron.com Chronicle

  • A scraper is a better alternative to a snow shovel.

    The Fond du Lac Reporter Latest Headlines

  • I think he could use it to crowdsource opinions, have an aide write up a mini api hashtag scraper, and respond one fell swoop with stats with a big thank you.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Web 2.0

  • So aggregators would engage in a practice called scraping, which was, essentially, to mine a web page and essentially produce a feed out of it (Technorati is still a scraper, which is why it is interested in microfortats - which are used on web pages - rather than XML data formats).

    Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily

  • The recalled scraper is a steel tool with a four-sided edge.

    post-gazette.com - News

  • Beside the scraper was a blade, creating a paleolithic cutlery set of sorts.

    Victoria Advocate stories: News

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  • I just found the following paragraph that includes a sense of "scrapping" not included in the above definitions. It is self explanatory: "Scraper sites, sites that copy content from other sites, have been a thorn in Google’s side for a while now. These sites use their lifted content to either rake in advertising dollars, or artificially increase their ranking on search engine results."

    August 28, 2011

  • A cocked hat. See chelengk for an interesting usage.

    February 15, 2008