Definition of scraping in English:


Syllabification: scrap·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈskrāpiNG


  • 1The action or sound of something scraping or being scraped: the scraping of the spoon in the bowl [in singular]: there was a scraping of chairs
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    • Brittney and I woke up to the sound of scraping and movement against the house.
    • He could hear the sound of scraping and clanking metal.
    • Her ears twisted round to the sound of scraping at the door, her eyes now fully awake narrowed as she remembered the dumbness of dogs.
  • 1.1 (usually scrapings) A small amount of something that has been obtained by scraping it from a surface: I got some scrapings from under the girl’s fingernails
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    • A full profile was obtained on the scrapings from his right hand, which included cellular material such as skin.
    • A specimen obtained from scrapings of the woman's hand was prepared and examined with the use of a scanning electron microscope.
    • Skin scrapings obtained from the leading edge of the burrow and under the fingernails are most likely to produce a mite.

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