What does scratch mean?

Definitions for scratch
skrætʃscratch

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word scratch.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abrasion, scratch, scrape, excoriationnoun

    an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off

  2. incision, scratch, prick, slit, dentnoun

    a depression scratched or carved into a surface

  3. boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lettuce, lolly, lucre, loot, moolah, pelf, scratch, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampumnoun

    informal terms for money

  4. scratchnoun

    a competitor who has withdrawn from competition

  5. start, starting line, scratch, scratch linenoun

    a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game

  6. chicken feed, scratchnoun

    dry mash for poultry

  7. scrape, scraping, scratch, scratchingnoun

    a harsh noise made by scraping

    "the scrape of violin bows distracted her"

  8. scribble, scratch, scrawl, cacographynoun

    poor handwriting

  9. scratchnoun

    (golf) a handicap of zero strokes

    "a golfer who plays at scratch should be able to achieve par on a course"

  10. scratch, scrape, scar, markverb

    an indication of damage

  11. rub, fray, fret, chafe, scratchverb

    cause friction

    "my sweater scratches"

  12. scratch, scrape, scratch upverb

    cut the surface of; wear away the surface of

  13. rub, scratch, itchverb

    scrape or rub as if to relieve itching

    "Don't scratch your insect bites!"

  14. cancel, call off, scratch, scrubverb

    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"

  15. strike, scratch, expunge, exciseverb

    remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line

    "Please strike this remark from the record"; "scratch that remark"

  16. scrape, scrape up, scratch, come upverb

    gather (money or other resources) together over time

    "She had scraped together enough money for college"; "they scratched a meager living"

  17. scratch, engrave, grave, inscribeverb

    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"

GCIDE

  1. Scratchnoun

    a shot which results in a penalty, such as dropping the cue ball in a pocket without hitting another ball.

Wiktionary

  1. scratchnoun

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

    Etymology: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

  2. scratchnoun

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

    The dog sat up and had a good scratch.

    Etymology: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

  3. scratchnoun

    A starting line (originally and simply, a line scratched in the ground).

    Etymology: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

  4. scratchnoun

    A foul in pool, as where the cue ball is put into a pocket or jumps off the table.

    Etymology: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

  5. scratchnoun

    Money.

    Etymology: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

  6. scratchnoun

    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.

    Etymology: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

  7. scratchnoun

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

    Etymology: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

  8. scratchverb

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

    Could you please scratch my back?

    Etymology: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

  9. scratchverb

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

    I don't like that new scarf because it scratches my neck.

    Etymology: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

  10. scratchverb

    To mark a surface with a sharp object, thereby leaving a scratch (noun).

    A real diamond can easily scratch a pane of glass.

    Etymology: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

  11. scratchverb

    To remove, ignore or delete.

    Etymology: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

  12. scratchverb

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

    Etymology: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

  13. scratchverb

    To commit a foul in pool, as where the cue ball is put into a pocket or jumps off the table.

    Embarrassingly, he scratched on the break, popping the cue completely off the table.

    Etymology: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

  14. scratchadjective

    For or consisting of preliminary or tentative, incomplete, etc. work.

    This is scratch paper, so go ahead and scribble whatever you want on it.

    Etymology: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

  15. scratchadjective

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

    Etymology: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

  16. scratchadjective

    Relating to a data structure or recording medium attached to a machine for testing or temporary use.

    Etymology: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

  17. scratchadjective

    Constructed from whatever materials are to hand.

    Etymology: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

  18. scratchadjective

    (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.

    Etymology: Probably from a blend of the words scratten and crachen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scratchverb

    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

    Etymology: [OE. cracchen (perhaps influenced by OE. scratten to scratch); cf. OHG. chrazzn, 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.]

  2. Scratchverb

    to write or draw hastily or awkwardly

    Etymology: [OE. cracchen (perhaps influenced by OE. scratten to scratch); cf. OHG. chrazzn, 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.]

  3. Scratchverb

    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

    Etymology: [OE. cracchen (perhaps influenced by OE. scratten to scratch); cf. OHG. chrazzn, 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.]

  4. Scratchverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. cracchen (perhaps influenced by OE. scratten to scratch); cf. OHG. chrazzn, 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.]

  5. Scratchverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. cracchen (perhaps influenced by OE. scratten to scratch); cf. OHG. chrazzn, 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.]

  6. Scratchverb

    to score, not by skillful play but by some fortunate chance of the game

    Etymology: [OE. cracchen (perhaps influenced by OE. scratten to scratch); cf. OHG. chrazzn, 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.]

  7. Scratchnoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. cracchen (perhaps influenced by OE. scratten to scratch); cf. OHG. chrazzn, 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.]

  8. Scratchnoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. cracchen (perhaps influenced by OE. scratten to scratch); cf. OHG. chrazzn, 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.]

  9. Scratchnoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. cracchen (perhaps influenced by OE. scratten to scratch); cf. OHG. chrazzn, 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.]

  10. Scratchnoun

    a kind of wig covering only a portion of the head

    Etymology: [OE. cracchen (perhaps influenced by OE. scratten to scratch); cf. OHG. chrazzn, 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.]

  11. Scratchnoun

    a shot which scores by chance and not as intended by the player; a fluke

    Etymology: [OE. cracchen (perhaps influenced by OE. scratten to scratch); cf. OHG. chrazzn, 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.]

  12. Scratchadjective

    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

    Etymology: [OE. cracchen (perhaps influenced by OE. scratten to scratch); cf. OHG. chrazzn, 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.]

Freebase

  1. Scratch

    Scratch was a magazine about the art of creating hip-hop. It featured articles regarding producers, musicians and DJs that make beats for rap records, and details the secret methods, stories, partnerships, philosophies and equipment behind the music. The magazine's tagline was "The Blueprint of Hip-Hop". Scratch was owned by Harris Publications, the same company that publishes the popular hip-hop magazine XXL, as well as King, Rides and Slam. It debuted in January 2004, and was published bi-monthly. Various hip-hop producers, DJs and rappers have graced their cover, including Dr. Dre, The Neptunes, RZA, Lil Jon, Kanye West, DJ Drama, Timbaland, Jermaine Dupri, Mannie Fresh, Just Blaze and Eminem. Starting with its March–April 2007 issue, Scratch was relaunched as XXL Presents Scratch. It then operated under the wing of XXL Magazine, with XXL's former Senior Editor, Online, Brendan Frederick, acting as the new editor-in-chief and XXL's current editor-in-chief, Elliott Wilson, overseeing the magazine as the editorial director. It was announced that the Nov–Dec 2007 issue of Scratch would be the final issue of the magazine. Harris Publications folded the magazine for unknown reasons. A Scratch blog can now be found on XXL's website, XXLMAG.COM.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scratch

    skrach, v.t. to mark the surface with something pointed, as the nails: to tear or to dig with the claws: to write hurriedly: to erase.—v.i. to use the claws in tearing or digging: to delete a name on a voting-paper.—n. 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 'to come up to the scratch:' (pl.) a disease in horses: the time of starting of a player: in billiards, a chance stroke which is successful: a kind of wig, a scratch-wig: a scrawl.—adj. taken at random, as a 'scratch crew:' without handicap, or allowance of time or distance.—ns. Scratch′-back, a kind of toy, which, when drawn over a person's back, makes a sound as if his coat was torn; Scratch′-brush, a name given to various forms of brushes; Scratch′-coat, the first coat of plaster; Scratch′er, a bird which scratches for food.—adv. Scratch′ingly.—n.pl. Scratch′ings, refuse matter strained out of fat when melted.—ns. Scratch′-weed, the goose-grass; Scratch′-wig, a wig that covers only part of the head; Scratch′-work, a kind of wall decoration.—adj. Scratch′y, ragged: scratching: of little depth.—Scratch out, to erase. [Explained by Skeat as due to the confusion of M. E. skratten, to scratch, with M. E. cracchen, to scratch: skratten standing for skarten, an extended form from Ice. sker-a, to shear; cracchen, again, stands for kratsen—Sw. kratsa, to scrape.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. scratch

    1. [from scratchpad] adj. Describes a data structure or recording medium attached to a machine for testing or temporary-use purposes; one that can be scribbled on without loss. Usually in the combining forms scratch memory, scratch register, scratch disk, scratch tape, scratch volume. See also scratch monkey. 2. [primarily IBM, also Commodore] vt. To delete (as in a file).

Rap Dictionary

  1. scratchnoun

    Money, loot. "All about my scratch, artillery, fire arms and gats and shit" -- E-40 (Federal, 1993). loot= money

Suggested Resources

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'scratch' in Verbs Frequency: #992

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scratch in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scratch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of scratch in a Sentence

  1. David Fisher, Conversations with My Cat:

    The golden rule of cats that governs all relationships we have with people: you scratch my back, you scratch my back.

  2. Chairman Schiff:

    Over the past year, Dan Goldman has provided strategic guidance, wise counsel and steady leadership to our Committee through a turbulent, but critical time, we know that the team Dan Goldman helped us build from scratch will continue their important work, and while we will all miss Dan Goldman in the committee, we know that Dan Goldman family is excited to get him back.

  3. Carl Sagan:

    If you want to bake an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the Universe.

  4. Jennifer Ludwig:

    We have programs and services that many single-county health departments are not able to do just because of the resources that we can tap into, building that from scratch is a huge feat and will take many, many, many years.

  5. Adrian Peterson:

    I was literally mind-blown that Tennessee Titans took me to jail, tennessee Titans were like, ‘ I ’m sorry, Mr. Peterson, but because she had a scratch on her finger,( in) the state of California, we have to take you in. ’ I sit there and watch the plane pull back and take off and I ’m just like, ‘ Wow ! I can not believe this is happening right now. I ’m going to jail, and I literally did n’t do anything. ’ Adrian Peterson in December 2015. ( Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) RAMS' ODELL BECKHAM SUFFERED TORN ACL DURING SUPER BOWL : REPORT.

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Translations for scratch

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  • خربش, خدشArabic
  • esgarrapar, gratar, arpejar, rascarCatalan, Valencian
  • škrábanec, škrábatCzech
  • crafuWelsh
  • ridseDanish
  • kratzen, zerkratzen, Kratzer, verkratzenGerman
  • σβήνω, γρατζουνιά, χαράσσω, ξύνωGreek
  • arañar, raspar, arañazo, rascar, rasguñarSpanish
  • kratsima, kriimustama, sügamaEstonian
  • خراشPersian
  • naarmu, raapia, viiru, kynsiä, raha, rapsuttaaFinnish
  • rayer, thune, biffer, pognon, égratignure, griffer, flouze, rayure, égratigner, blé, oublier, grisbi, gratterFrench
  • tochais, scríobIrish
  • sgrìobadhScottish Gaelic
  • rañar, rascar, cozarGalician
  • karcol, karmol, vakar, megkarcol, megvakarHungarian
  • քորել, ճանկռել, քերծելArmenian
  • obliterare, graffio, graffiare, raspare, grattare, malloppoItalian
  • 引っ掻くJapanese
  • გაკაწვრა, ფხაჭნა, კაწვრაGeorgian
  • 긁다, 할퀴다Korean
  • scalpō, scaboLatin
  • खाजवणेMarathi
  • ကုတ်Burmese
  • krassen, krabbenDutch
  • rispNorwegian
  • rysa, skrobać, drapać, zadrapaniePolish
  • raspar, riscar, arranhar, apagar, coçar, rascar, arranhãoPortuguese
  • hasp'iy, hallp'iyQuechua
  • sgriffel, sgrifflar, sgrattarRomansh
  • zgâria, scărpinaRomanian
  • поцарапать, почесать, царапать, шкрябать, царапина, чесать, бабкиRussian
  • škrabaťSlovak
  • repa, klösaSwedish
  • kaşındırmak, çizmek, kaşımakTurkish
  • шкрябатиUkrainian
  • vết trầyVietnamese

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