Definition of scraping in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘There was much scraping of chairs and muted discussions as the teachers huddled together in four groups and participated actively in brainstorming sessions.’
    • ‘Over the sizzling and scraping of cutlery on the pan, there is a note of concentration in his voice.’
    • ‘There was a loud scraping as chairs were pushed back from the table.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Silently, she waited until she heard her cue: the soft scraping of the window and the soft air pop sound of the gun firing.’
    • ‘Heavy double doors closed with amplified loud scraping before a final crash as they came together and locked.’
    • ‘This was followed by the usual scraping of chairs as everyone took their seats again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everything was eerily quiet, the sound of cutlery clattering against a plate and the scraping of chairs abnormally loud in the silence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jaime jumped when a sharp scraping sounded behind her.’
    • ‘A sound emanated from the stream, the rough, dry scraping of scales over rock.’
    • ‘The three-minute whistle and subsequent mad scraping of chairs made me think more of PE than physical intimacy.’
    1. 1.1A small amount of something that has been obtained by scraping it from a surface.
      ‘I got some scrapings from under the girl's fingernails’
      • ‘Tadpoles typically work their elaborate, jagged mouthparts over a surface, making a soup of the scrapings.’
      • ‘In 1683, Leeuwenhoek presented another famous communication on bacteria found in saliva and tooth scrapings from his mouth.’
      • ‘A full profile was obtained on the scrapings from his right hand, which included cellular material such as skin.’
      • ‘Given the exorbitant cost of authentic civet scrapings nowadays, Civet absolute is often formulated from civetone, a synthetic alternative.’
      • ‘They take tiny scrapings from individual parts of the piece to check that it's pure silver, weighing it before and after.’
      • ‘Diagnostic tests may include skin scrapings, hair combings, a dermatophyte culture, blood work, and skin biopsies.’
      • ‘Test stool sample and scrapings to identify amoebic, bacterial, fungal or other parasitic problems.’
      • ‘We obtained laminaria from the obstetric unit and examined scrapings by routine processing.’
      • ‘For this case, some 93 exhibits were collected, including clothes, fingernail clippings and scrapings and hair.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A forensics team has discovered fresh soda residue, as well as aluminum scrapings, indicating that cans are still being crushed in the airlocks.’
      • ‘Samples of blood and mucus, scrapings of epithelium, and fragments of glands are unacceptable.’
      • ‘Plus, he's going to take scrapings and hair samples from inside Ruffian's helmet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Skin scrapings obtained from the leading edge of the burrow and under the fingernails are most likely to produce a mite.’
      • ‘Notice the cheese scrapings on top of the bread.’
      • ‘Some manufacturers use animal-derived forms of collagen, such as ground-up chicken feet or the scrapings of bird or cow skins.’
      • ‘A specimen obtained from scrapings of the woman's hand was prepared and examined with the use of a scanning electron microscope.’
      • ‘But the bottle of gold filings - possibly the scrapings from a jeweller's bench - could be worth thousands of pounds.’
      • ‘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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