—v.t. 1. to deprive of or free from an outer layer, adhering matter, etc., or to smooth by drawing or rubbing something, esp. a sharp or rough instrument, over the surface: to scrape a table to remove paint and varnish. 2. to remove (an outer layer, adhering matter, etc.) in this way: to scrape the paint and varnish from a table. 3. to scratch, injure, or mar the surface of in this way: to scrape one's arm on a rough wall. 4. to produce by scraping: He scraped his initials on the rock. 5. to collect or do by or as if by scraping; do or gather laboriously or with difficulty (usually fol. by up or together): They managed to scrape together a football team. 6. to rub harshly on or across (something): Don't scrape the floor with your boots! 7. to draw or rub (a thing) roughly across something: Scrape your shoes on the doormat before you come in. 8. to level (an unpaved road) with a grader.
—v.i. 1. to scrape something.
2. to rub against something gratingly.
3. to produce a grating and unmusical tone from a string instrument.
4. to draw one's foot back noisily along the ground in making a bow.
5. to manage or get by with difficulty or with only the barest margin: I barely scraped through on the test. 6. to economize or save by attention to even the slightest amounts: By careful scraping they managed to survive.
—n. 1. an act or instance of scraping.
2. a drawing back of the foot noisily along the ground in making a bow.
3. a harsh, shrill, or scratching sound made by scraping.
4. a scraped place: a scrape on one's elbow. 5. an embarrassing or distressing situation; predicament: He is always in some kind of a scrape. 6. a difference of opinion, fight, or quarrel; scrap.