(Ras) n. See 2d Reis.
(||Ra`sante") a. [F., p. pr. of raser to graze.] (Fort.) Sweeping; grazing; applied to a style of
fortification in which the command of the works over each other, and over the country, is kept very low,
in order that the shot may more effectually sweep or graze the ground before them. H. L. Scott.
(Ras"cal) n. [OE. rascaille rabble, probably from an OF. racaille, F. racaille the rabble, rubbish,
probably akin to F. racler to scrape, (assumed) LL. rasiculare, rasicare, fr. L. radere, rasum. See
1. One of the rabble; a low, common sort of person or creature; collectively, the rabble; the common herd; also,
a lean, ill-conditioned beast, esp. a deer. [Obs.]
He smote of the people seventy men, and fifty thousand of the rascal.Wyclif (1 Kings [1 Samuel] vi.
Poor men alone? No, no; the noblest deer hath them [horns] as huge as the rascal.Shak.
2. A mean, trickish fellow; a base, dishonest person; a rogue; a scoundrel; a trickster.
For I have sense to serve my turn in store,Dryden.
And he's a rascal who pretends to more.
(Ras"cal), a. Of or pertaining to the common herd or common people; low; mean; base. "The
rascal many." Spenser. "The rascal people." Shak.
While she called me rascal fiddler.Shak.
(Ras"cal*dom) n. State of being a rascal; rascality; domain of rascals; rascals, collectively.
(Ras"cal*ess), n. A female rascal. [Humorous]
(Ras*cal"i*ty) n.; pl. Rascalities (- tiz).
1. The quality or state of being rascally, or a rascal; mean trickishness or dishonesty; base fraud.
2. The poorer and lower classes of people. [Obs.]
The chief heads of their clans with their several rascalities.T. Jackson.
(Ras*cal"lion) n. [From Rascal.] A low, mean wretch. [Written also rascalion.]
(Ras"cal*ly) a. Like a rascal; trickish or dishonest; base; worthless; often in humorous disparagement,
without implication of dishonesty.
Our rascally porter is fallen fast asleep.Swift.
(Rase) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rased (razd); p. pr. & vb. n. Rasing.] [F. raser, LL. rasare to scrape
often, v. freq. fr. L. radere, rasum, to scrape, shave; cf. Skr. rad to scratch, gnaw, L. rodere to gnaw.
Cf. Raze, Razee, Razor, Rodent.]