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

  • transitive v. To level to the ground; demolish. See Synonyms at ruin.
  • transitive v. To scrape or shave off.
  • transitive v. Archaic To erase.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To demolish; to level to the ground.
  • v. To scrape as if with a razor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Shakespearean word (used once) supposed to mean the same as race, a root.
  • transitive v. To erase; to efface; to obliterate.
  • transitive v. To subvert from the foundation; to lay level with the ground; to overthrow; to destroy; to demolish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See rase.
  • n. An obsolete form of racc.
  • n. A swinging fence set up in a watercourse to prevent the passage of cattle.

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

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


Middle English rasen, to scrape off, from Old French raser, from Vulgar Latin *rāsāre, frequentative of Latin rādere; see rash2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French raser (Wiktionary)



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