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From French vaisseau rasé, from raser (to rase, to cut down ships). See raze and rase (verbs).


razee (plural razees)

  1. (nautical) An armed ship with its upper deck cut away, and thus reduced to the next inferior rate, such as a seventy-four cut down to a frigate.
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razee (third-person singular simple present razees, present participle razeeing, simple past and past participle razeed)

  1. (nautical) To cut (a ship) down to a smaller number of decks, and thus to an inferior rate or class.
  2. (figuratively) To trim or abridge by cutting off parts.
    to razee a book, or an article

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for razee in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)