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VERB (1)

1. tear down so as to make flat with the ground;
- Example: "The building was levelled"
[syn: level, raze, rase, dismantle, tear down, take down, pull down]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rase \Rase\, v. i. To be leveled with the ground; to fall; to suffer overthrow. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rase \Rase\, n. 1. A scratching out, or erasure. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. A slight wound; a scratch. [Obs.] --Hooker. [1913 Webster] 3. (O. Eng. Law) A way of measuring in which the commodity measured was made even with the top of the measuring vessel by rasing, or striking off, all that was above it. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rase \Rase\ (r[=a]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rased (r[=a]zd); 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.] 1. To rub along the surface of; to graze. [Obsoles.] [1913 Webster] Was he not in the . . . neighborhood to death? and might not the bullet which rased his cheek have gone into his head? --South. [1913 Webster] Sometimes his feet rased the surface of the water, and at others the skylight almost flattened his nose. --Beckford. [1913 Webster] 2. To rub or scratch out; to erase. [Obsoles.] [1913 Webster] Except we rase the faculty of memory, root and branch, out of our mind. --Fuller. [1913 Webster] 3. To level with the ground; to overthrow; to destroy; to raze. [In this sense raze is generally used.] [1913 Webster] Till Troy were by their brave hands rased, They would not turn home. --Chapman. [1913 Webster] Note: This word, rase, may be considered as nearly obsolete; graze, erase, and raze, having superseded it. [1913 Webster] Rasing iron, a tool for removing old oakum and pitch from the seams of a vessel. [1913 Webster] Syn: To erase; efface; obliterate; expunge; cancel; level; prostrate; overthrow; subvert; destroy; demolish; ruin. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Raze \Raze\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Razed (r[=a]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. Razing.] [F. raser. See Rase, v. t.] [Written also rase.] 1. To erase; to efface; to obliterate. [1913 Webster] Razing the characters of your renown. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To subvert from the foundation; to lay level with the ground; to overthrow; to destroy; to demolish. [1913 Webster] The royal hand that razed unhappy Troy. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Syn: To demolish; level; prostrate; overthrow; subvert; destroy; ruin. See Demolish. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

rase v 1: tear down so as to make flat with the ground; "The building was levelled" [syn: level, raze, rase, dismantle, tear down, take down, pull down] [ant: erect, put up, raise, rear, set up]