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scraper Line breaks: scraper
Pronunciation: /ˈskreɪpə/

Definition of scraper in English:


1A tool or device used for scraping, especially for removing dirt, paint, or other unwanted matter from a surface: a wallpaper scraper residues should be removed with sharp scrapers
More example sentences
  • Use a paint scraper initially to remove the majority of the finish.
  • Since the site was extremely wet, lime was trucked in to help solidify the ground, enabling the fleet of scrapers to remove the required amount of dirt.
  • Apply the solution to the brick; allow it to soften paint; and remove with scraper and stiff bristle brush.
1.1 Archaeology A prehistoric flint implement with a sharpened edge used for scraping material such as hide or wood.
Example sentences
  • The Ice Age was survived largely due to the ability to skin with fine flint scrapers and preserve pelts and hides.
  • The site is dated by large quantities of Mesolithic flints, such as crescent-shaped microliths, scrapers and points.
  • Excavations in 1870 revealed a primary inhumation burial accompanied by a food vessel, a flint scraper, and a flint knife suggesting a date slightly later than the henges.

Words that rhyme with scraper

caper, draper, escaper, gaper, paper, shaper, taper, vapour (US vapor)

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