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English Dictionary: rash by the DICT Development Group
6 results for rash
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. imprudently incurring risk; "do something rash that he will forever repent"- George Meredith
  2. marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences; "foolhardy enough to try to seize the gun from the hijacker"; "became the fiercest and most reckless of partisans"-Macaulay; "a reckless driver"; "a rash attempt to climb Mount Everest"
    Synonym(s): foolhardy, heady, rash, reckless
  1. any red eruption of the skin [syn: rash, roseola, efflorescence, skin rash]
  2. a series of unexpected and unpleasant occurrences; "a rash of bank robberies"; "a blizzard of lawsuits"
    Synonym(s): rash, blizzard
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rash \Rash\, v. t. [For arace]
      1. To pull off or pluck violently. [Obs.]
      2. To slash; to hack; to slice. [Obs.]
                     Rushing of helms and riving plates asunder.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rash \Rash\, n. [OF. rashe an eruption, scurf, F. rache; fr.
      (assumed) LL. rasicare to scratch, fr. L. radere, rasum, to
      scrape, scratch, shave. See {Rase}, and cf. {Rascal}.] (Med.)
      A fine eruption or efflorescence on the body, with little or
      no elevation.
      {Canker rash}. See in the Vocabulary.
      {Nettle rash}. See {Urticaria}.
      {Rose rash}. See {Roseola}.
      {Tooth rash}. See {Red-gum}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rash \Rash\, n. [Cf. F. ras short-nap cloth, It. & Sp. raso
      satin (cf. {Rase}); or cf. It. rascia serge, G. rasch,
      probably fr. Arras in France (cf. {Arras}).]
      An inferior kind of silk, or mixture of silk and worsted.
      [Obs.] --Donne.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rash \Rash\, a. [Compar. {Rasher}; superl. {Rashest}.] [Probably
      of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. & Sw. rask quick, brisk, rash,
      Icel. r[94]skr vigorous, brave, akin to D. & G. rasch quick,
      of uncertain origin.]
      1. Sudden in action; quick; hasty. [Obs.] [bd]Strong as
            aconitum or rash gunpowder.[b8] --Shak.
      2. Requiring sudden action; pressing; urgent. [Obs.]
                     I scarce have leisure to salute you, My matter is so
                     rash.                                                --Shak.
      3. Esp., overhasty in counsel or action; precipitate;
            resolving or entering on a project or measure without due
            deliberation and caution; opposed to prudent; said of
            persons; as, a rash statesman or commander.
      4. Uttered or undertaken with too much haste or too little
            reflection; as, rash words; rash measures.
      5. So dry as to fall out of the ear with handling, as corn.
            [Prov. Eng.]
      Syn: Precipitate; headlong; headstrong; foolhardy; hasty;
               indiscreet; heedless; thoughtless; incautious; careless;
               inconsiderate; unwary.
      Usage: {Rash}, {Adventurous}, {Foolhardy}. A man is
                  adventurous who incurs risk or hazard from a love of
                  the arduous and the bold. A man is rash who does it
                  from the mere impulse of his feelings, without
                  counting the cost. A man is foolhardy who throws
                  himself into danger in disregard or defiance of the
                           Was never known a more adventurous knight.
                           Her rush hand in evil hour Forth reaching to the
                           fruit, she plucked, she eat.         --Milton.
                           If any yet to be foolhardy To expose themselves
                           to vain jeopardy; If they come wounded off, and
                           lame, No honors got by such a maim. --Hudibras.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rash \Rash\, v. t.
      To prepare with haste. [Obs.] --Foxe.
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