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scratch

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Scratch \Scratch\, noun

1. A break in the surface of a thing made by scratching, or by rubbing with anything pointed or rough; a slight wound, mark, furrow, or incision.

The coarse file . . . makes deep scratches in the work. --Moxon.

These nails with scratches deform my breast. --Prior.

God forbid a shallow scratch should drive The prince of Wales from such a field as this. --Shak.

2. (Pugilistic Matches) A line across the prize ring; up to which boxers are brought when they join fight; hence, test, trial, or proof of courage; as, to bring to the scratch; to come up to the scratch. [Cant] --Grose.

3. pl. (Far.) Minute, but tender and troublesome, excoriations, covered with scabs, upon the heels of horses which have been used where it is very wet or muddy. --Law (Farmer's Veter. Adviser).

4. A kind of wig covering only a portion of the head.

5. (Billiards) (a) A shot which scores by chance and not as intended by the player; a fluke. [Cant, U. S.] (b) a shot which results in a penalty, such as dropping the cue ball in a pocket without hitting another ball. [1913 Webster +PJC]

6. In various sports, the line from which the start is made, except in the case of contestants receiving a distance handicap. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Scratch cradle}. See {Cratch cradle}, under {Cratch}.

{Scratch grass} (Bot.), a climbing knotweed ({Polygonum sagittatum}) with a square stem beset with fine recurved prickles along the angles.

{Scratch wig}. Same as {Scratch}, 4, above. --Thackeray.

{start from scratch} to start (again) from the very beginning; also, to start without resources.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Scratch \Scratch\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Scratched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scratching}.] [OE. cracchen (perhaps influenced by OE. scratten to scratch); cf. OHG. chrazz[=o]n, G. kratzen, OD. kratsen, kretsen, D. krassen, Sw. kratsa to scrape, kratta to rake, to scratch, Dan. kradse to scratch, to scrape, Icel. krota to engrave. Cf. {Grate} to rub.]

1. To rub and tear or mark the surface of with something sharp or ragged; to scrape, roughen, or wound slightly by drawing something pointed or rough across, as the claws, the nails, a pin, or the like.

Small sand-colored stones, so hard as to scratch glass. --Grew.

Be mindful, when invention fails, To scratch your head, and bite your nails. --Swift.

2. To write or draw hastily or awkwardly. "Scratch out a pamphlet." --Swift.

3. To cancel by drawing one or more lines through, as the name of a candidate upon a ballot, or of a horse in a list; hence, to erase; to efface; -- often with out.

4. To dig or excavate with the claws; as, some animals scratch holes, in which they burrow.

{To scratch a ticket}, to cancel one or more names of candidates on a party ballot; to refuse to vote the party ticket in its entirety. [U. S.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Scratch \Scratch\, verb (used without an object)

1. To use the claws or nails in tearing or in digging; to make scratches.

Dull, tame things, . . . that will neither bite nor scratch. --Dr. H. More.

2. (Billiards) To score, not by skillful play but by some fortunate chance of the game. [Cant, U. S.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Scratch \Scratch\, adjective Made, done, or happening by chance; arranged with little or no preparation; determined by circumstances; haphazard; as, a scratch team; a scratch crew for a boat race; a scratch shot in billiards. [Slang]

{Scratch race}, one without restrictions regarding the entrance of competitors; also, one for which the competitors are chosen by lot.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

scratch

noun

1: an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off [syn: {abrasion}, {scratch}, {scrape}, {excoriation}]

2: a depression scratched or carved into a surface [syn: {incision}, {scratch}, {prick}, {slit}, {dent}]

3: informal terms for money [syn: {boodle}, {bread}, {cabbage}, {clams}, {dinero}, {dough}, {gelt}, {kale}, {lettuce}, {lolly}, {lucre}, {loot}, {moolah}, {pelf}, {scratch}, {shekels}, {simoleons}, {sugar}, {wampum}]

4: a competitor who has withdrawn from competition

5: a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game [syn: {start}, {starting line}, {scratch}, {scratch line}]

6: dry mash for poultry [syn: {chicken feed}, {scratch}]

7: a harsh noise made by scraping; "the scrape of violin bows distracted her" [syn: {scrape}, {scraping}, {scratch}, {scratching}]

8: poor handwriting [syn: {scribble}, {scratch}, {scrawl}, {cacography}]

9: (golf) a handicap of zero strokes; "a golfer who plays at scratch should be able to achieve par on a course"

10: an indication of damage [syn: {scratch}, {scrape}, {scar}, {mark}]

verb

1: cause friction; "my sweater scratches" [syn: {rub}, {fray}, {fret}, {chafe}, {scratch}]

2: cut the surface of; wear away the surface of [syn: {scratch}, {scrape}, {scratch up}]

3: scrape or rub as if to relieve itching; "Don't scratch your insect bites!" [syn: {rub}, {scratch}, {itch}]

4: postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled; "Call off the engagement"; "cancel the dinner party"; "we had to scrub our vacation plans"; "scratch that meeting--the chair is ill" [syn: {cancel}, {call off}, {scratch}, {scrub}]

5: remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line; "Please strike this remark from the record"; "scratch that remark" [syn: {strike}, {scratch}, {expunge}, {excise}]

6: gather (money or other resources) together over time; "She had scraped together enough money for college"; "they scratched a meager living" [syn: {scrape}, {scrape up}, {scratch}, {come up}]

7: carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface; "engrave a pen"; "engraved the trophy cupt with the winner's"; "the lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree" [syn: {scratch}, {engrave}, {grave}, {inscribe}]

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