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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rasp  \Rasp\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Rasped};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Rasping}.]  [OF.  rasper,  F.  r[^a]per,  to  scrape,  grate,  rasp, 
  fr  OHG.  rasp[=o]n  to  scrape  together,  to  collect,  probably 
  akin  to  E.  rap.  Cf  {Rap}  to  snatch.] 
  1.  To  rub  or  file  with  a  rasp;  to  rub  or  grate  with  a  rough 
  file;  as  to  rasp  wood  to  make  it  smooth;  to  rasp  bones  to 
  2.  Hence  figuratively:  To  grate  harshly  upon  to  offend  by 
  coarse  or  rough  treatment  or  language;  as  some  sounds 
  rasp  the  ear;  his  insults  rasped  my  temper. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  unpleasantly  harsh  or  grating  in  sound;  "a  gravelly  voice" 
  [syn:  {grating},  {gravel},  {gravelly},  {raspy},  {rough}] 
  n  :  uttering  in  an  irritated  tone  [syn:  {rasp}] 

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