from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To level to the ground; demolish. synonym: destroy.
  • transitive verb To scrape or shave off.
  • transitive verb To erase.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete form of racc.
  • noun A swinging fence set up in a watercourse to prevent the passage of cattle.
  • See rase.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A Shakespearean word (used once) supposed to mean the same as race, a root.
  • transitive verb To erase; to efface; to obliterate.
  • transitive verb To subvert from the foundation; to lay level with the ground; to overthrow; to destroy; to demolish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To demolish; to level to the ground.
  • verb transitive To scrape as if with a razor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb tear down so as to make flat with the ground


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English rasen, to scrape off, from Old French raser, from Vulgar Latin *rāsāre, frequentative of Latin rādere; see rash.]

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From Old French raser


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