Definitions of scratch

  1. To use the nails or claws in tearing or hollowing.
  2. 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.
  3. To write or draw hastily or awkwardly.
  4. To dig or excavate with the claws; as, some animals scratch holes, in which they burrow.
  5. 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.
  6. To mark or tear the surface of with something pointed; wound slightly; tear or dig with the claws; cancel or erase; to scrape lightly with the finger nails to relieve itching.
  7. To use the claws or nails in tearing or in digging; to make scratches.
  8. To score, not by skillful play but by some fortunate chance of the game.
  9. To use the nails or claws in rubbing, tearing, or digging; to cause irritation or pain by rubbing; as, the collar scratches; to save money by great effort.
  10. To use the nails or claws in tearing or digging.
  11. scrape or rub as if to relieve itching; " Don't scratch your insect bites!"
  12. cut the surface of; wear away the surface of
  13. To mark by drawing something sharp over a surface; to scrape or rub with the nails; to excavate with the claws; to erase.
  14. To slightly mark or tear the surface of anything, as by the nails or by claws; to dig or excavate with the claws; to erase or rub out; to use nails or claws to tear or wound slightly; to rub with the nails.
  15. dry mash for poultry
  16. a harsh noise made by scraping; " the scrape of violin bows distracted her"
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. A kind of wig covering only a portion of the head.
  21. A shot which scores by chance and not as intended by the player; a fluke.
  22. A mark or tear made by something pointed or rough; a slight wound; the starting line in a race; a test of courage; as, he came up to the scratch.
  23. Scratcher.
  24. A mark or tear made by scratching: a slight wound: the line in a prize- ring up to which boxers are led, hence test, trial, as in phrase " to come up to the scratch.".
  25. Mark made by scratching.
  26. To mark or scrape with something pointed; tear with the claws; scrape with the nails.
  27. A slight flesh- wound.
  28. Athletics. The line from which contestants start.
  29. A mark by scratching; a slight wound with the nails; a wig to cover a bald part of the head; a line across the prizering, up to which the pugilists are brought when they join fight; the test.
  30. A slight, rough, surface- wound by rubbing with anything pointed or ragged; laceration with the nails; a slight, rough, lined mark on anything; a line across a prize- ring up to which the combatants are brought when they begin to box- hence, in familiar language, test, trial, or proof.
  31. 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.
  32. Collected at random; allowed no handicap.
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