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Rase \Rase\ (r[=a]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rased (r[=a]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. Rasing.] [F. raser, LL. rasare to scrape often, v. freq. fr. L. radere, rasum, to scrape, shave; cf. Skr. rad to scratch, gnaw, L. rodere to gnaw. Cf. Raze, Razee, Razor, Rodent.]

  1. To rub along the surface of; to graze. [Obsoles.]

    Was he not in the . . . neighborhood to death? and might not the bullet which rased his cheek have gone into his head?

    Sometimes his feet rased the surface of the water, and at others the skylight almost flattened his nose.

  2. To rub or scratch out; to erase. [Obsoles.]

    Except we rase the faculty of memory, root and branch, out of our mind.

  3. To level with the ground; to overthrow; to destroy; to raze. [In this sense raze is generally used.]

    Till Troy were by their brave hands rased, They would not turn home.

    Note: This word, rase, may be considered as nearly obsolete; graze, erase, and raze, having superseded it.

    Rasing iron, a tool for removing old oakum and pitch from the seams of a vessel.

    Syn: To erase; efface; obliterate; expunge; cancel; level; prostrate; overthrow; subvert; destroy; demolish; ruin.


vb. (en-past of: rase)

Usage examples of "rased".

They were two cousins, almost like to twins, Except that from the catalogue of sins Nature had rased their love--which could not be But by dissevering their nativity.

Then we rased off the flesh from the necke, and cast dust thereon, and set it in the sun to dry.