What does scrap mean?

Definitions for scrap

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bit, chip, flake, fleck, scrapnoun

    a small fragment of something broken off from the whole

    "a bit of rock caught him in the eye"

  2. rubbish, trash, scrapnoun

    worthless material that is to be disposed of

  3. scrapnoun

    a small piece of something that is left over after the rest has been used

    "she jotted it on a scrap of paper"; "there was not a scrap left"

  4. fight, fighting, combat, scrapverb

    the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

    "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"

  5. trash, junk, scrapverb

    dispose of (something useless or old)

    "trash these old chairs"; "junk an old car"; "scrap your old computer"

  6. quarrel, dispute, scrap, argufy, altercateverb

    have a disagreement over something

    "We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America"; "These two fellows are always scrapping over something"

  7. scrapverb

    make into scrap or refuse

    "scrap the old airplane and sell the parts"


  1. scrapnoun

    A fight, tussle, skirmish.

    We got in a little scrap over who should pay the bill.

  2. scrapverb

    to fight

  3. Etymology: scrappe, from skrap, from skrapa.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scrapnoun

    Etymology: from scrape, a thing scraped or rubbed off.

    It is an unaccountable vanity to spend all our time raking into the scraps and imperfect remains of former ages, and neglecting the clearer notices of our own. Joseph Glanvill.

    Trencher esquires spend their time in hopping from one great man’s table to another’s, only to pick up scraps and intelligence. Roger L'Estrange.

    Languages are to be learned only by reading and talking, and not by scraps of authors got by heart. John Locke.

    No rag, no scrap, of all the beau, or wit,
    That once so flutter’d, and that once so writ. Alexander Pope.

    I can never have too many of your letters: I am angry at every scrap of paper lost. Alexander Pope.

    The contract you pretend with that base wretch,
    One bred of alms, and foster’d with cold dishes,
    With scraps o’ th’ court, is no contract. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    The attendants puff a court up beyond her bounds, for their own scraps and advantage. Francis Bacon.

    On bones, on scraps of dogs let me be fed,
    My limbs uncover’d, and expos’d my head
    To bleakest colds. George Granville.

    What has he else to bait his traps,
    Or bring his vermin in, but scraps?
    The offals of a church distrest,
    A hungry vicarage. Jonathan Swift.

    Pregnant with thousands flits the scrap unseen,
    And silent sells a king, or buys a queen. Alexander Pope.


  1. Scrap

    Scrap consists of recyclable materials, usually metals, left over from product manufacturing and consumption, such as parts of vehicles, building supplies, and surplus materials. Unlike waste, scrap has monetary value, especially recovered metals, and non-metallic materials are also recovered for recycling. Once collected, the materials are sorted into types — typically metal scrap will be crushed, shredded, and sorted using mechanical processes. Scrap recycling is important for creating a more sustainable economy or creating a circular economy, using significantly less energy and having far less environmental impact than producing metal from ore. Metal recycling, especially of structural steel, ships, used manufactured goods, such as vehicles and white goods, is a major industrial activity with complex networks of wrecking yards, sorting facilities, and recycling plants.


  1. scrap

    Scrap refers to a small piece, bit, fragment, or leftover of something, typically discarded material, such as metal suitable for reprocessing, leftover bits of food, waste, remnants from manufacturing, or discarded, used, or leftover items. The term can also refer to engage in minor quarrel or fight. The usage of the term largely depends on the context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scrapverb

    something scraped off; hence, a small piece; a bit; a fragment; a detached, incomplete portion

  2. Scrapverb

    specifically, a fragment of something written or printed; a brief excerpt; an unconnected extract

  3. Scrapverb

    the crisp substance that remains after drying out animal fat; as, pork scraps

  4. Scrapverb

    same as Scrap iron, below

  5. Etymology: [OE. scrappe, fr. Icel. skrap trifle, cracking. See Scrape, v. t.]


  1. Scrap

    Scrap consists of recyclable materials left over from product manufacturing and consumption, such as parts of vehicles, building supplies, and surplus materials. Unlike waste, scrap can have significant monetary value.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scrap

    skrap, n. a small piece: a remnant: a picture suited for preservation in a scrap-book: wrought-iron clippings: an unconnected extract.—v.t. to consign to the scrap-heap.—ns. Scrap′-book, a blank book for scraps or extracts, prints, &c.; Scrap′-heap, a place where old iron is collected; Scrap′-ī′ron, old iron accumulated for reworking; Scrap′-met′al, scraps or fragments of any kind of metal, which are only of use for remelting.—adv. Scrap′pily, in fragments, desultorily.—n. Scrap′piness, fragmentariness, disconnectedness.—adj. Scrap′py.—Go to the scrap-heap, to go to ruin. [Scand., Ice. skrap, scraps—skrapa, to scrape.]

  2. Scrap

    skrap, n. (slang) a fight, scrimmage.

  3. Scrap

    skrap, n. a snare for birds.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'scrap' in Nouns Frequency: #3012

Anagrams for scrap »

  1. scarp

  2. craps

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scrap in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scrap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of scrap in a Sentence

  1. Pablo Picasso:

    The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape...

  2. Daniel Meng:

    In the medium to long term, scrap is the real threat to iron ore, for sure, we believe by 2020, replacement would become faster and the risk on iron ore from scrap would become more serious.

  3. George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Epistle Dedicatory:

    This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

  4. Shakespeare:

    Get lost, you dwarf, you weed, you scrap, you acorn.

  5. Kevin Starke:

    Sometimes the best way out is to sort of scrap the whole thing and start again.

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Translations for scrap

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  • خردة, شجار, يتخلى, نبذArabic
  • útržek, zbytky, šrotCzech
  • Essensrest, Altmaterial, Fetzen, Rest, verschrotten, Abfall, wegwerfen, Speiserest, Stückchen, Schrott, abwracken, AltmetallGerman
  • σκραπGreek
  • restos, achatarrar, sobras, desguazar, resto, chatarraSpanish
  • hylätä, tähteet, nahistella, nujakka, romuttaa, palanen, tapella, romu, jätteet, ruoantähteet, tilkku, nahinaFinnish
  • bout, bribe, litige, ferraille, resteFrench
  • buineagScottish Gaelic
  • रद्दी मालHindi
  • frammento, pezzo, resto, ferraglia, avanzoItalian
  • かけら, 屑鉄, 食べ残し, くず鉄, 断片, スクラップJapanese
  • pakopako, parakaiMāori
  • restjeDutch
  • urywek, wyrzucić, bójka, wyrzucać, kawałek, resztki, złomPolish
  • restos, sucata, retalho, aparaPortuguese
  • кусочек, клочок, обрывок, металлолом, объедок, очистки, остаток, железный лом, лоскутокRussian

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