Definition of Scratch

1. Noun. An abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off.

Exact synonyms: Abrasion, Excoriation, Scrape
Specialized synonyms: Graze, Rope Burn
Generic synonyms: Lesion, Wound
Derivative terms: Abrade, Excoriate, Scrape, Scrape, Scrape, Scratchy

2. Verb. Cause friction. "My sweater scratches"
Exact synonyms: Chafe, Fray, Fret, Rub
Generic synonyms: Adjoin, Contact, Meet, Touch
Derivative terms: Chafe, Rubbing

3. Noun. A depression scratched or carved into a surface.
Exact synonyms: Dent, Incision, Prick, Slit
Generic synonyms: Depression, Impression, Imprint
Specialized synonyms: Score, Scotch
Derivative terms: Dent, Incise, Incisive, Prick, Slit, Slit

4. Verb. Cut the surface of; wear away the surface of.
Exact synonyms: Scrape, Scratch Up
Specialized synonyms: Claw, Scuff
Generic synonyms: Incise
Derivative terms: Scrape, Scrape, Scratcher, Scratcher
Also: Scratch Out

5. Noun. Informal terms for money.
Exact synonyms: Boodle, Bread, Cabbage, Clams, Dinero, Dough, Gelt, Kale, Lettuce, Lolly, Loot, Lucre, Moolah, Pelf, Shekels, Simoleons, Sugar, Wampum
Generic synonyms: Money
Derivative terms: Cabbage

6. Verb. Scrape or rub as if to relieve itching. "Don't scratch your insect bites!"
Exact synonyms: Itch, Rub
Generic synonyms: Irritate
Derivative terms: Itch, Itch, Rub, Scratcher

7. Noun. A competitor who has withdrawn from competition.

8. Verb. Postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled. "Scratch that meeting--the chair is ill"
Exact synonyms: Call Off, Cancel, Scrub
Entails: Schedule
Derivative terms: Cancellation

9. Noun. A line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game.
Exact synonyms: Scratch Line, Start, Starting Line
Generic synonyms: Line

10. Verb. Remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line. "Scratch that remark"
Exact synonyms: Excise, Expunge, Strike
Generic synonyms: Cancel, Delete
Derivative terms: Excision, Expunction, Expunging

11. Noun. Dry mash for poultry.
Exact synonyms: Chicken Feed
Generic synonyms: Mash

12. Verb. Gather (money or other resources) together over time. "They scratched a meager living"
Exact synonyms: Come Up, Scrape, Scrape Up
Specialized synonyms: Nickel-and-dime
Generic synonyms: Accumulate, Amass, Collect, Compile, Hoard, Pile Up, Roll Up

13. Noun. A harsh noise made by scraping. "The scrape of violin bows distracted her"
Exact synonyms: Scrape, Scraping, Scratching
Generic synonyms: Noise
Derivative terms: Scratchy

14. Verb. Carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface. "The lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree"
Exact synonyms: Engrave, Grave, Inscribe
Generic synonyms: Carve, Chip At
Related verbs: Engrave, Etch
Specialized synonyms: Character
Derivative terms: Engraver

15. Noun. Poor handwriting.
Exact synonyms: Cacography, Scrawl, Scribble
Generic synonyms: Hand, Handwriting, Script
Specialized synonyms: Chicken Scratch, Squiggle
Derivative terms: Scrawl, Scribble

16. Noun. (golf) a handicap of zero strokes. "A golfer who plays at scratch should be able to achieve par on a course"
Category relationships: Golf, Golf Game
Generic synonyms: Handicap

17. Noun. An indication of damage.
Exact synonyms: Mark, Scar, Scrape
Generic synonyms: Blemish, Defect, Mar
Derivative terms: Mark, Scar, Scrape, Scrape

Definition of Scratch

1. v. t. 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.

2. v. i. To use the claws or nails in tearing or in digging; to make scratches.

3. n. 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.

4. a. 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.

5. n. In various sports, the line from which the start is made, except in the case of contestants receiving a distance handicap.

Definition of Scratch

1. Verb. To rub a surface with a sharp object, especially by a living creature to remove itching with nails, claws, etc. ¹

2. Verb. To rub the skin with rough material causing a sensation of irritation. ¹

3. Verb. To mark a surface with a sharp object, thereby leaving a '''scratch''' (noun). ¹

4. Verb. To remove, ignore or delete. ¹

5. Verb. (music) To produce a distinctive sound on a turntable by moving a vinyl record back and forth while manipulating the crossfader (see also scratching). ¹

6. Verb. (billiards) To commit a foul in pool, as where the cue ball is put into a pocket or jumps off the table. ¹

7. Noun. A disruption, mark or shallow cut on a surface made by scratching. ¹

8. Noun. An act of scratching the skin to alleviate an itch or irritation. ¹

9. Noun. (sports) A starting line (originally and simply, a line scratched in the ground). ¹

10. Noun. (billiards) A foul in pool, as where the cue ball is put into a pocket or jumps off the table. ¹

11. Noun. (slang) Money. ¹

12. Noun. A technical error of touching or surpassing the starting mark prior to the official start signal in the sporting events of long jump, discus, hammer throw, shot put, and similar. Originally the starting mark was a scratch on the ground but is now a board or precisely indicated mark. ¹

13. Noun. A feed, usually a mixture of a few common grains, given to chickens. ¹

14. Adjective. For or consisting of preliminary or tentative, incomplete, etc. work. ¹

15. Adjective. Hastily assembled; put together in a hurry or from disparate elements. ¹

16. Adjective. (computing from scratchpad) Relating to a data structure or recording medium attached to a machine for testing or temporary use. ¹

17. Adjective. Constructed from whatever materials are to hand. ¹

18. Adjective. (sports) (of a player) Of a standard high enough to play without a handicap, i.e. to compete without the benefit of a variation in scoring based on ability. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Scratch

1. to make a thin, shallow cut or mark on [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Scratch

1. 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. 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. 3. 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. 4. A kind of wig covering only a portion of the head. 5. A shot which scores by chance and not as intended by the player; a fluke. Scratch cradle. See Cratch cradle, under Cratch. Scratch grass, a climbing knotweed (Polygonum sagittatum) with a square stem beset with fine recurved prickles along the angles. Scratch wig. Same as Scratch, 4, above. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scratch

scrat
scratch-built
scratch along
scratch and sniff
scratch awl
scratch card
scratch cards
scratch made
scratch one's head
scratch out
scratch pad
scratch paper
scratch papers
scratch race
scratch reflex

Literary usage of Scratch

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1. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"2. Referring to drawing, painting, ele.: scratch, scrabble. scrawl, n. 1. See SCRIBBLE. 2. Referring to a delineation or picture: scratch, scrabble. scream, ..."

2. The Integrative Action of the Nervous System by Charles Scott Sherrington (1906)
"The neuronic construction of the reflex-arc of the scratch-reflex ... Intraspinal seat of the refractory phase of the scratch-reflex. ..."

3. The Integrative Action of the Nervous System by Charles Scott Sherrington (1906)
"The neuronic construction of the reflex-arc of the scratch-reflex. ... Intraspinal seat of the refractory phase of the scratch-reflex. ..."

4. The Integrative Action of the Nervous System by Charles Scott Sherrington (1906)
"The neuronic construction of the reflex-arc of the scratch-reflex. ... Intraspinal seat of the refractory phase of the scratch-reflex. ..."

5. The Metallography of Steel and Cast Iron by Henry Marion Howe (1916)
"2 This result does not really conflict with the failure of the Turner scratch to narrow measurably on crossing a grain boundary (§491). ..."

6. Outing (1893)
"Running broad jump—Won by EW Goff, M. A C. (scratch), jump 22 ft. ... The freshman scratch meeting at Harvard was remarkable chiefly for the interclass team ..."

7. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1901)
"L, scribere, to write, orig. to scratch or cut slightly. SCRUB Scrimmage ; see Skirmish. script. (F.-L.) MF escript, «a writing. — L. scriptum, neut. of pp. ..."

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