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rasp to rub with a rough surface or instrument such as a coarse file; scrape; abrade. [8 definitions]
raspberry any of a group of often prickly plants of the rose family. [4 definitions]
raspy rough and grating; harsh.
Rastafarian a member of a black Jamaican religious cult that regards the late emperor Haile Selassie as a messiah and Africa as the Promised Land to which all blacks will ultimately return. [2 definitions]
rat any of several long-tailed rodents that resemble but are larger than mice. [4 definitions]
ratable capable of being rated, appraised, or assessed. [2 definitions]
ratafia a sweet cordial or liqueur flavored with almonds, fruit kernels, or fruit. [2 definitions]
rat-a-tat a series of short, sharp sounds, as from knocking or machine-gun fire.
ratatouille a vegetable stew made with eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and garlic, and served hot or cold.
ratbite fever either of two infectious diseases transmitted by the bites of rats or other animals, one characterized by inflammation, back and joint pains, headache, and vomiting, and the other by a purplish rash, recurrent fever, and ulceration near the bite.
ratchet a toothed bar or wheel made to be engaged by a pawl so that motion is permitted in only one direction.
rate1 a quantity calculated with regard to another measured quantity. [12 definitions]
rate2 to scold or berate (someone).
ratel a badgerlike carnivore of Africa and India; honey badger.
rate of exchange see exchange rate.
ratepayer someone who pays a usu. regular charge for the use of a utility such as electricity.
-rater someone or something that has (such) a rating.
rather more willingly; sooner. [4 definitions]
rathskeller a German-style restaurant or bar located below street level.
ratification the act of ratifying; formal approval or sanction, esp. by a legislature. [2 definitions]
ratify to validate, confirm, or establish (something) by giving formal approval or consent.