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rak·ing

(rāk'ing)
A grasp pattern in infants emerging in the 7th-8th months characterized by the arm, hand, and loosely flexed fingers moving in unison to bring a small object into the palm.

raking

of an elephant—see back raking.
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Which, you see, Pip," said Joe, pausing in his meditative raking of the fire, and looking at me, "were a drawback on my learning.
Accordingly, in addition to what we had already done, we plucked down all the leaves within our reach and threw them in a heap over our little hut, into which we now crept, raking after us a reserved supply to form our couch.
His eyes kept flashing, and his hands shaking; yet all the while he staked without any sort of calculation--just what came to his hand, as he kept winning and winning, and raking and raking in his gains.
The "We're Here", under jib and riding-sail, gave her no more room than was absolutely necessary, - Disko did not wish to spend a week hunting for his cable, - but scuttled up into the wind as the Carrie passed within easy hail, a silent and angry boat, at the mercy of a raking broadside of Bank chaff.
I don't know that I know what you mean by raking it up; but how can we get at it unless we dig a little?
But if not, there is no object in raking up this scandal against a dead man, foully as he has acted.
About me lay the bodies of my companions, with the exception of Thuvia and Tars Tarkas, who, like myself, had been asleep upon the floor and thus escaped the first raking fire.
Nonsense," cried Nastasia Philipovna, seizing the poker and raking a couple of logs together.
They had spent the morning raking among the ashes of the burned wood-pile, and besides the charred organic remains they had secured several discoloured metal discs.
Yet fear can work wonders, and though the upward spring of the lion as he neared the tree into which she was scrambling brought his talons in contact with her boots she eluded his raking grasp, and as he hurtled against the bole of her sanctuary, the girl drew herself into the safety of the branches above his reach.
He had no desire to attempt it again unless the conditions were equally favorable at least, for he had escaped Numa's raking talons by only a matter of inches on the former occasion.
A stout branch deflected the raking talons of the carnivore, but so close was the call that a giant forearm brushed her flesh in the instant before she scrambled to the higher branches.