Definition of scraping in English:

scraping

noun

mass noun
  • 1The action or sound of something scraping or being scraped.

    ‘the scraping of the spoon in the bowl’
    in singular ‘there was a loud scraping of chairs’
    • ‘Over the sizzling and scraping of cutlery on the pan, there is a note of concentration in his voice.’
    • ‘This was followed by the usual scraping of chairs as everyone took their seats again.’
    • ‘The squeak of my match sounded as loud as the scraping of a brake, and I almost fancied I heard it fall when I tossed it onto the grass.’
    • ‘Everything was eerily quiet, the sound of cutlery clattering against a plate and the scraping of chairs abnormally loud in the silence.’
    • ‘There was a loud scraping as chairs were pushed back from the table.’
    • ‘Heavy double doors closed with amplified loud scraping before a final crash as they came together and locked.’
    • ‘This time it was a loud thudding and scraping, as though furniture was being moved around and, all the while, there was a persistent chattering.’
    • ‘Jaime jumped when a sharp scraping sounded behind her.’
    • ‘He could hear the sound of scraping and clanking metal.’
    • ‘Silently, she waited until she heard her cue: the soft scraping of the window and the soft air pop sound of the gun firing.’
    • ‘The only sounds filling the room was the soft scraping of his knife and fork across his serving dish and the tick of a mahogany clock atop a mantel.’
    • ‘There's still the bathroom to go - which requires some serious scraping to get rid of old peeling paint.’
    • ‘Brittney and I woke up to the sound of scraping and movement against the house.’
    • ‘There was much scraping of chairs and muted discussions as the teachers huddled together in four groups and participated actively in brainstorming sessions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The music has an industrial edge, a cranking ratcheting energy that sounds like raw sparks being generated, or the bare scraping of metal on metal.’
    • ‘A sound emanated from the stream, the rough, dry scraping of scales over rock.’
    • ‘There was a quick shuffle of feet and scraping of the wooden desks and chairs against the linoleum floor as everyone immediately situated themselves in their seats.’
    • ‘It also signifies the start of summer and with it thousands of grill masters begin their annual ritual of scraping and cleaning the backyard barbeque.’
    • ‘The three-minute whistle and subsequent mad scraping of chairs made me think more of PE than physical intimacy.’
    1. 1.1usually scrapingscount noun 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’
      • ‘Given the exorbitant cost of authentic civet scrapings nowadays, Civet absolute is often formulated from civetone, a synthetic alternative.’
      • ‘The next day they had to return for skin scrapings and blood tests, which he later discovered were to measure the amount of enzymes left in his body.’
      • ‘A full profile was obtained on the scrapings from his right hand, which included cellular material such as skin.’
      • ‘The scrapings are placed directly on a microscope slide and viewed under magnification for the presence of characteristic Sarcoptes scabiei mite's eggs or faecal pellets.’
      • ‘In 1683, Leeuwenhoek presented another famous communication on bacteria found in saliva and tooth scrapings from his mouth.’
      • ‘But the bottle of gold filings - possibly the scrapings from a jeweller's bench - could be worth thousands of pounds.’
      • ‘Samples of blood and mucus, scrapings of epithelium, and fragments of glands are unacceptable.’
      • ‘Skin scrapings obtained from the leading edge of the burrow and under the fingernails are most likely to produce a mite.’
      • ‘Diagnostic tests may include skin scrapings, hair combings, a dermatophyte culture, blood work, and skin biopsies.’
      • ‘They take tiny scrapings from individual parts of the piece to check that it's pure silver, weighing it before and after.’
      • ‘We obtained laminaria from the obstetric unit and examined scrapings by routine processing.’
      • ‘Test stool sample and scrapings to identify amoebic, bacterial, fungal or other parasitic problems.’
      • ‘Plus, he's going to take scrapings and hair samples from inside Ruffian's helmet.’
      • ‘A specimen obtained from scrapings of the woman's hand was prepared and examined with the use of a scanning electron microscope.’
      • ‘Some manufacturers use animal-derived forms of collagen, such as ground-up chicken feet or the scrapings of bird or cow skins.’
      • ‘For this case, some 93 exhibits were collected, including clothes, fingernail clippings and scrapings and hair.’
      • ‘A forensics team has discovered fresh soda residue, as well as aluminum scrapings, indicating that cans are still being crushed in the airlocks.’
      • ‘Notice the cheese scrapings on top of the bread.’
      • ‘Tadpoles typically work their elaborate, jagged mouthparts over a surface, making a soup of the scrapings.’
      • ‘It was a big glass bowl full of spaghetti in a watery white sauce, with dots of bacon and scrapings of cheese.’
      leftovers, uneaten food, leavings, crumbs, scrapings, slops, dregs, scourings, offscourings, remains, remnants, residue, odds and ends, bits and pieces, bits and bobs
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Pronunciation

scraping

/ˈskreɪpɪŋ/