Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Wordnik's Word of the Day for Sep. 2, 2010

I thought as I came across notable words from Wordnik's Word of the Day service, I'd post them here. Short and sweet. Here you go.

The Wordnik Word of the Day for September 2, 2010 is

razee

(noun) A ship of war cut down to a smaller size by reducing the number of decks.

(verb) To cut down or reduce to a lower class, as a ship; hence, to lessen or abridge by cutting out parts: as, to razee a book or an article.

'Razee' as a verb is now more commonly known as 'raze,' which comes from the Middle English, 'rasen,' which means 'to scrape off.'

Example:

"As a matter of fact the Confederate navy never had but one real man-of-war, the famous Merrimac; and she was a mere razee, cut down for a special purpose, and too feebly engined to keep the sea."

- Captains of the Civil War, by William Charles Henry Wood



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