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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

  • 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.
  • intransitive v. To be leveled with the ground; to fall; to suffer overthrow.
  • 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.

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.
  • n. A scratch; an abrasion; a slight wound.
  • n. A Middle English form of race.
  • Same as 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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