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scrappy
scrappy1 —scrappily, adv. —scrappiness, n. /skrap"ee/, adj., scrappier, scrappiest. made up of scraps or of odds and ends; fragmentary; disconnected. [1830-40; SCRAP1 + ...
scratch
—scratchable, adj. —scratchably, adv. —scratcher, n. —scratchless, adj. —scratchlike, adj. /skrach/, v.t. 1. to break, mar, or mark the surface of by rubbing, scraping, ...
Scratch
/skrach/, n. Old Scratch; Satan. [1730-40; alter. of scrat hermaphrodite (late ME scratte; cf. OE scritta (once), which may be an error for *scratta); c. ON skratti devil, ...
scratch awl
Carpentry. an awllike device for scribing wood. [1890-95] * * *
scratch coat
—scratch-coated, adj. (in plastering) a rough, deeply scored first coat upon which the brown coat is laid. [1815-25, Amer.] * * *
scratch hardness
resistance of a material, as a stone or metal, to scratching by one of several other materials, the known hardnesses of which are assembled into a standard scale, as the Mohs' ...
scratch hit
Baseball. a batted ball, usually poorly hit, barely enabling the batter to reach base safely: a scratch hit off the end of the bat. [1915-20] * * *
scratch line
1. a line that marks the start of a race. 2. Track and Field. a line that a competitor is not allowed to step over while performing in certain events, as the triple jump or ...
scratch pad
a pad of paper used for jotting down ideas, informal notes, preliminary writing, etc. [1890-95, Amer.] * * *
scratch sheet
a racing publication giving the betting odds and other information on the horses entered at a racetrack or racetracks during a racing day. [1935-40] * * *
scratch test
a test for a suspected allergy in which the skin is scratched and an allergen applied to the area, redness indicating a positive reaction. [1935-40] * * *
scratch wig
a short wig, esp. one that covers only part of the head. Also called scratch. [1765-75] * * *
scratchboard
/skrach"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. a cardboard coated with impermeable white clay and covered by a layer of ink that is scratched or scraped in patterns revealing the white surface ...
scratchcard
scratch card n. See scratch ticket. * * * n (in Britain) a small paper card which can be bought from shops as a form of gambling. A covering on parts of the card can be ...
scratcher
See scratch. * * *
scratches
/skrach"iz/, n. (used with a sing. v.) Vet. Pathol. a disease of horses marked by dry rifts or chaps that appear on the skin near the fetlock, behind the knee, or in front of the ...
scratchhit
scratch hit n. Baseball A batted ball that is not squarely struck or cleanly fielded but is counted as a hit. * * *
scratchily
See scratchy. * * *
scratchiness
See scratchily. * * *
scratching post
a block or post of wood, usually covered with carpeting, on which a cat can use its claws. [1890-95] * * *
scratchline
scratch line n. Sports 1. A starting line for a race. 2. A line beyond which a contestant must not step. * * *
scratchpad
scratchpad [skrach′pad΄] n. a pad of paper for jotting notes, doing simple calculations, etc. * * * scratch pad n. 1. A pad of paper for preliminary or hasty writing, notes, ...
scratchproof
scratch·proof (scrăchʹpro͞of') adj. Resistant to or capable of withstanding scratches: scratchproof glass. * * *
scratchsheet
scratch sheet n. A publication listing the horses withdrawn from a day's races and giving information and betting odds on the horses scheduled to race. * * *
scratchtest
scratch test n. A test for allergy performed by scratching the skin and applying an allergen to the wound. * * *
scratchticket
scratch ticket n. A lottery ticket played by scratching or scraping designated areas to reveal information used in determining the card's prize value. Also called scratch card. * ...
scratchy
—scratchily, adv. —scratchiness, n. /skrach"ee/, adj., scratchier, scratchiest. 1. causing or liable to cause a slight grating noise: a scratchy record. 2. consisting of or ...
scrawl
/skrawl/, v.t. 1. to write or draw in a sprawling, awkward manner: He scrawled his name hastily across the blackboard. v.i. 2. to write awkwardly, carelessly, or illegibly. n. 3. ...
scrawler
/skraw"leuhr/, n. 1. a person who scrawls. 2. an agricultural machine for laying out fields in which plants are to be placed in ridged rows. [1725-35; SCRAWL + -ER1] * * *
scrawly
—scrawliness, n. /skraw"lee/, adj., scrawlier, scrawliest. written or drawn awkwardly or carelessly. [1825-35; SCRAWL + -Y1] * * *
scrawniness
See scrawny. * * *
scrawny
—scrawnily, adv. —scrawniness, n. /skraw"nee/, adj., scrawnier, scrawniest. excessively thin; lean; scraggy: a long, scrawny neck. [1825-35, Amer.; var. of dial. scranny < ...
screak
—screaky, adj. /skreek/, v.i. 1. to screech. 2. to creak. n. 3. a screech. 4. a creak. [1490-1500; < Scand; cf. Norw skrike, Dan skrige; c. ON skraekja to screech; see ...
screaky
See screak. * * *
scream
/skreem/, v.i. 1. to utter a loud, sharp, piercing cry. 2. to emit a shrill, piercing sound: The sirens and whistles screamed. 3. to laugh immoderately or uncontrollably: The ...
Scream, The
a painting (1937) by Edvard Munch. * * *
screamer
/skree"meuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that screams. 2. Informal. something or someone causing screams of excitement, laughter, or the like. 3. Print. Slang. an exclamation ...
screaming
—screamingly, adv. /skree"ming/, adj. 1. uttering screams. 2. boldly striking or startling: screaming colors; screaming headlines. 3. causing hilarious laughter; extremely ...
screaming meemies
☆ screaming meemies [mē′mēz ] n. 〚
screaming-meemies
/skree"ming mee"meez/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) Informal. extreme nervousness; hysteria (usually prec. by the). [1925-30; redupl. with alter. of SCREAMING; see -Y2, ...
screamingly
See scream. * * *
screamingmeemies
scream·ing mee·mies (skrēʹmĭng mēʹmēz) pl.n. Slang (used with a sing. or pl. verb) An attack of nerves; the jitters.   [Expressive of nervousness.] * * *
scree
/skree/, n. a steep mass of detritus on the side of a mountain. [1775-85; < ON skritha landslide] * * *
screech
—screecher, n. /skreech/, v.i. 1. to utter or make a harsh, shrill cry or sound: The child screeched hysterically. The brakes screeched. v.t. 2. to utter with a screech: She ...
screech owl
1. any of numerous small American owls of the genus Otus, having hornlike tufts of feathers, as O. asio, of eastern North America. 2. (not in technical use) any owl having a ...
screecher
See screech. * * *
screechiness
See screecher. * * *
screeching
—screechingly, adv. /skree"ching/, adj. 1. causing or uttering screeches: screeching bats. 2. characteristic of screeches; harshly shrill: a screeching tone. n. 3. the act or ...
screechowl
screech owl n. Any of various small owls of the genus Otus, especially O. asio, of North America, having ear tufts and a quavering whistlelike call. * * *
screechy
/skree"chee/, adj., screechier, screechiest. 1. like or suggesting screeching. 2. producing screeches: a screechy door. [1820-30; SCREECH + -Y1] * * *
screed
/skreed/, n. 1. a long discourse or essay, esp. a diatribe. 2. an informal letter, account, or other piece of writing. 3. Building Trades. a. a strip of plaster or wood applied ...
screen
—screenable, adj. —screener, n. —screenless, adj. —screenlike, adj. /skreen/, n. 1. a movable or fixed device, usually consisting of a covered frame, that provides ...
Screen Actors Guild
a labor union for motion-picture performers, founded in 1933. Abbr.: SAG * * *
screen door
screen door n. an outer door consisting of a frame covered with mesh, as of wire or plastic, used to keep insects out * * *
screen grid
Electronics. a grid placed between the anode and the control electrode in a vacuum tube, usually maintained at a fixed positive potential. [1925-30] * * *
screen memory
Psychoanal. a childhood memory, perhaps recalled falsely, that screens out a more distressing recollection. [1920-25] * * *
screen pass
Football. a pass thrown to a receiver who is directly in back of a wall of blockers and who is behind or not far beyond the line of scrimmage. [1950-55] * * *
screen saver
Computers. a program that displays a constantly shifting pattern on a display screen, used to prevent damage to the screen through continuous display of the same image. * * *
screen test
a filmed audition to determine the suitability of an individual for appearing or acting in a motion picture. [1920-25] * * *
screen-print
screen-print (skrēnʹprĭnt') tr.v. screen-·print·ed, screen-·print·ing, screen-·prints To print using the silk-screen process. * * *
screen-printing
screen-print·ing (skrēnʹprĭnt'ĭng) n. See silk-screen. * * *
screen-test
/skreen"test'/, v.t. 1. to give a screen test to: The studio screen-tested 400 children before casting the part. v.i. 2. to undergo a screen test: Dozens of actors have ...
screen-wiper
/skreen"wuy'peuhr/, n. Brit. See windshield wiper. [1925-30] * * *
screenable
See screen. * * *
screendump
screen dump n. The act or process of transferring data on a computer screen to a printer or storage medium. * * *
screener
See screenable. * * *
screengrid
screen grid n. Electronics See screen. * * *
screening
/skree"ning/, n. 1. the act or work of a person who screens, as in ascertaining the character and competence of applicants, employees, etc. 2. the showing of a motion picture: ...
screenland
/skreen"land'/, n. filmdom. [1920-25; SCREEN + -LAND] * * *
screenmemory
screen memory n. A memory of something that is unconsciously used to repress recollection of an associated but distressing event. * * *
screeno
/skree"noh/, n. (sometimes cap.) (formerly) bingo played in a movie theater. [SCREEN + (BING)O] * * *
screenpass
screen pass n. Football A short forward pass to a receiver in the flat who is protected by a formation of blockers. * * *
screenplay
/skreen"play'/, n. 1. a motion-picture or television scenario. 2. Older Use. a motion picture. [1915-20; SCREEN + PLAY] * * * Written text that provides the basis for a film ...
screensaver
screen saver n. A software program that displays constantly changing images or dims the brightness of a display screen to protect the screen from having an image etched onto its ...
screentest
screen test n. A brief movie sequence filmed to test the ability of an aspiring performer.   screenʹ-test' (skrēnʹtĕst') v. * * *
screenwriter
/skreen"ruy'teuhr/, n. a person who writes screenplays, esp. as an occupation or profession. [1920-25; SCREEN + WRITER] * * *
screenwriting
See screenwriter. * * *
screever
/skree"veuhr/, n. Chiefly Brit. an artist who draws pictures on sidewalks, as with colored chalks, earning a living from the donations of spectators and passersby. [1875-80; ...
screw
—screwable, adj. —screwer, n. —screwless, adj. —screwlike, adj. /skrooh/, n. 1. a metal fastener having a tapered shank with a helical thread, and topped with a slotted ...
screw anchor
Naut. See mooring screw. * * *
screw auger
an auger having a helical outer surface suggesting a screw thread. [1785-95, Amer.] * * *
screw axis
Crystall. a symmetry element of a space group such that a rotation of the lattice about the axis and a translation of the lattice some fraction of the lattice's unit distance ...
screw bean
1. a tree, Prosopis pubescens, of the legume family, native to the southwestern U.S., bearing twisted pods used as fodder. 2. the pod itself. Also called tornillo. [1865-70, ...
screw cap
a cap designed to screw onto the threaded mouth of a bottle, jar, or the like. [1870-75] * * *
screw conveyor
a device for moving loose materials, consisting of a shaft with a broad, helically wound blade rotating in a tube or trough. Also called worm. * * *
screw eye
a screw having a ring-shaped head. [1870-75] * * *
screw fly.
See screwworm fly. [1880-85] * * *
screw hook
a hook having a shank in the form of a screw. [1680-90] * * *
screw jack
jackscrew. [1710-20] * * *
screw log
Naut. See patent log. * * *
screw mooring
Naut. See mooring screw. * * *
screw moss
▪ plant also called  twisted moss         any member of the moss genus Tortula (subclass Bryidae), which form yellow-green or reddish brown cushions on walls, soil, ...
screw nail.
See drive screw. [1650-60] * * *
screw nut
a nut threaded to receive a screw. [1805-15] * * *
screw pile
—screw piling. a pile that is used for the foundations of bridges, lighthouses, etc., and has a screwlike lower end for drilling through and taking firm hold in compacted ...
screw pine
any tropical Asian tree or shrub of the genus Pandanus, having a palmlike or branched stem, long, narrow, rigid, spirally arranged leaves and aerial roots, and bearing an edible ...
screw press
a device for applying pressure by the turning of a threaded shaft. [1680-90] * * *
screw propeller
—screw-propelled, adj. a rotary propelling device, as for a ship or airplane, consisting of a number of blades that radiate from a central hub and are so inclined to the plane ...
screw thread
1. Also called worm. the helical ridge of a screw. 2. a full turn of the helical ridge of a screw. [1805-15] * * *
screw-off
/skrooh"awf', -of'/, n. Slang. a loafer; idler. Also, screwoff. [n. use of v. phrase screw off] * * *
screw-on
/skrooh"on', -awn'/, adj. 1. attached, connected, or closed by screwing onto another part of a container or receptacle. 2. (of an earring) held on the earlobe by a small ...
screw-pine
screw-pine [skro͞o′pīn΄] adj. designating a family (Pandanaceae, order Pandanales) of monocotyledonous trees, shrubs, and climbers, characterized by daggerlike leaves and ...
screw-top
/skrooh"top'/, adj. 1. (of a container) having a top that screws on. n. 2. a top that can be screwed onto a container. 3. a container having such a top. [1890-95] * * *
screw-up
☆ screw-up or screwup [skro͞o′up΄ ] n. Informal 1. a serious mistake; blunder; mess 2. a person who screws up * * *
screwable
See screw. * * *
screwball
/skrooh"bawl'/, n. 1. Slang. an eccentric or whimsically eccentric person; a nut. 2. Baseball. a pitched ball that curves toward the side of the plate from which it was ...
screwbean
screw bean n. In both senses also called tornillo. 1. A shrub or small tree (Prosopis pubescens) of the southwest United States and adjacent areas of Mexico, having pinnately ...
screwcap
screw cap n. A cap that screws onto the threaded mouth of a container such as a bottle or jar. * * *
screwdriver
/skrooh"druy'veuhr/, n. 1. a hand tool for turning a screw, consisting of a handle attached to a long, narrow shank, usually of metal, which tapers and flattens out to a tip that ...
screwed
/skroohd/, adj. 1. fastened with screws. 2. having grooves like a screw; threaded. 3. twisted; awry. 4. Slang. bilked; cheated. 5. Chiefly Brit. Slang. drunk; ...
screwer
See screwable. * * *
screweye
screw eye n. A wood screw with an eyelet in place of a head. * * *
screwhead
/skrooh"hed'/, n. the head or top of a screw having a slot for the end of a screwdriver. See diag. under screw. [1680-90; SCREW + HEAD] * * *
screwiness
See screwy. * * *
screwjack
screw jack n. See jackscrew. * * *
screwlog
screw log n. See patent log. * * *
screwpine
screw pine n. See pandanus. * * *
screwplate
/skrooh"playt'/, n. a metal plate having threaded holes, used for cutting screw threads by hand. Also, screw plate. [1650-60; SCREW + PLATE1] * * *
screwpropeller
screw propeller n. A propeller. * * *
screwthread
screw thread n. 1. The continuous helical groove on a screw or on the inner surface of a nut. 2. One complete turn of a screw thread. * * *
screwup
/skrooh"up'/, n. Slang. 1. a mistake or blunder: The package was delayed through an addressing screwup. 2. a habitual blunderer. Also, screw-up. [1955-60; Amer.; n. use of v. ...
screwworm
/skrooh"werrm'/, n. the larva of any of certain flies of the genus Callitroga, which sometimes infests wounds and the nose and navel of domestic animals and humans. [1875-80, ...
screwworm fly
the adult screwworm. Also called screw fly. [1905-10; Amer.] * * *
screwwormfly
screwworm fly n. A bluish fly (Cochliomyia hominivorax) of the New World that breeds in the living tissue of mammals, having penetrated chiefly through open wounds or the ...
screwy
/skrooh"ee/, adj., screwier, screwiest. Slang. 1. crazy; nutty: I think you're screwy, refusing an invitation to the governor's dinner. 2. disconcertingly strange: There's ...
Scriabin
/skree ah"bin/; Russ. /skrddyah"byin/, n. Aleksandr Nikolaevich /al'ig zan"deuhr nik'euh luy"euh vich, -zahn"-/; Russ. /u lyi ksahn"drdd nyi ku lah"yi vyich/, 1872-1915, Russian ...
Scriabin, Aleksandr
▪ Russian composer in full  Aleksandr Nikolayevich Scriabin , Scriabin also spelled  Skriabin , or  Skryabin  born Dec. 25, 1871 [Jan. 6, 1872, New Style], Moscow, ...
Scriabin, Aleksandr (Nikolayevich)
born Jan. 6, 1872, Moscow, Russia died April 27, 1915, Moscow Russian composer and pianist. He studied piano and composition at the Moscow Conservatory and then launched a ...
Scriabin,Alexander Nikolayevich
Scri·a·bin (skrē-äʹbĭn), Alexander Nikolayevich. 1872-1915. Russian composer of orchestral and piano works who incorporated visual arts into some of his compositions, such ...
scribal
scribal [skrī′bəl] adj. 1. of scribes, or writers 2. arising from the process of writing [a scribal error] * * * See scribe. * * *
scribble
scribble1 —scribblingly, adv. /skrib"euhl/, v., scribbled, scribbling, n. v.t. 1. to write hastily or carelessly: to scribble a letter. 2. to cover with meaningless writing or ...
scribbler
scribbler1 /skrib"leuhr/, n. 1. a writer whose work has little or no value or importance. 2. a person who scribbles. [1545-55; SCRIBBLE1 + -ER1] scribbler2 /skrib"leuhr/, n. a ...
scribbling block
Brit. See scratch pad. [1905-10] * * *
scribbly
See scribble. * * *
scribe
scribe1 —scribal, adj. /skruyb/, n., v., scribed, scribing. n. 1. a person who serves as a professional copyist, esp. one who made copies of manuscripts before the invention of ...
Scribe
/skrddeeb/, n. Augustin Eugène /oh gyuus taonn" ue zhen"/, 1791-1861, French dramatist. * * *
Scribe, (Augustin) Eugène
born Dec. 24, 1791, Paris, France died Feb. 20, 1861, Paris French playwright and librettist. He wrote some 350 dramas, most of which proved extremely successful, and he became ...
Scribe, Augustin Eugène
Scribe (skrēb), Augustin Eugène. 1791-1861. French playwright whose works include more than 300 comedies of manners. * * *
Scribe, Eugène
▪ French dramatist in full  Augustin-eugène Scribe   born Dec. 24, 1791, Paris, France died Feb. 20, 1861, Paris  French dramatist whose works dominated the Parisian stage ...
scriber
/skruy"beuhr/, n. a tool for scribing wood or the like. Also, scribe. [1825-35; SCRIBE2 + -ER1] * * *
Scriblerus Club
▪ British literary club       18th-century British literary club whose founding members were the brilliant Tory wits Alexander Pope (Pope, Alexander), Jonathan Swift ...
Scribner family
Family of U.S. publishers whose firm, named Charles Scribner's Sons from 1878, issued books and periodicals. After the death of its founder, Charles Scribner, the company was ...
Scribner, Belding Hibbard
▪ 2004       American physician (b. Jan. 18, 1921, Chicago, Ill.—d. June 19, 2003, Seattle, Wash.), revolutionized kidney dialysis by creating in 1960 the Scribner ...
Scribner, Charles
orig. Charles Scrivener born Feb. 21, 1821, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Aug. 26, 1871, Lucerne, Switz. U.S. publisher. In 1846, in partnership with Isaac D. Baker (d. 1850), ...
Scribner, Charles, Jr.
▪ 1996       U.S. publisher who was head, 1952-84, of the Charles Scribner's Sons book publishing company, which had been founded by his great-grandfather, and personal ...
scried
scried (skrīd) v. Past tense and past participle of scry. * * *
scries
scries (skrīz) v. Third person singular present tense of scry. * * *
scrim
/skrim/, n. 1. a cotton or linen fabric of open weave used for bunting, curtains, etc. 2. Theat. a piece of such fabric used as a drop, border, or the like, for creating the ...
scrimmage
—scrimmager, n. /skrim"ij/, n., v., scrimmaged, scrimmaging. n. 1. a rough or vigorous struggle. 2. Football. a. the action that takes place between the teams from the moment ...
scrimmage line.
See line of scrimmage. [1875-80] * * *
scrimp
/skrimp/, v.i. 1. to be sparing or frugal; economize (often fol. by on): They scrimped and saved for everything they have. He spends most of his money on clothes, and scrimps on ...
scrimper
See scrimp. * * *
scrimpiness
See scrimper. * * *
scrimpy
—scrimpily, adv. —scrimpiness, n. /skrim"pee/, adj., scrimpier, scrimpiest. 1. scanty; meager; barely adequate. 2. tending to scrimp; frugal; parsimonious. [1850-55; SCRIMP + ...
scrimshander
scrim·shand·er (skrĭmʹshăn'dər) n. One who carves scrimshaw.   [Origin unknown.] * * *
scrimshank
—scrimshanker, n. /skrim"shangk'/, v.i. Brit. Slang. to avoid one's obligations or share of work; shirk. [1885-90; orig. uncert.] * * *
scrimshaw
/skrim"shaw'/, n. 1. a carved or engraved article, esp. of whale ivory, whalebone, walrus tusks, or the like, made by whalers as a leisure occupation. 2. such articles or work ...
scrinium
/skrin"ee euhm/, n., pl. scrinia /skrin"ee euh/. a cylindrical container used in ancient Rome to hold papyrus rolls. [ < L scrinium; see SHRINE] * * *
scrip
scrip1 —scripless, adj. /skrip/, n. 1. a receipt, certificate, list, or similar brief piece of writing. 2. a scrap of paper. 3. Finance. a. a certificate representing a ...
scrip dividend
a dividend issued in the form of a note entitling the holder to a cash payment at a specified later date. [1880-85] * * *
scripissue
scrip issue n. An issue of shares made by a company free of charge to existing shareholders. Also called bonus issue. * * *
scripophile
/skrip"euh fuyl'/, n. a person who practices scripophily. Also, scripophilist /skri pof"euh list/. [1975-80; SCRIP1 + -O- + -PHILE] * * *
scripophily
/skri pof"euh lee/, n. the collecting by hobbyists of old stock certificates and bonds that have no intrinsic value other than their aesthetic appeal or relative ...
Scripps
/skrips/, n. Edward Wyllis /wil"is/, 1854-1926, U.S. newspaper publisher. * * *
Scripps Canyon
▪ submarine canyon, Pacific Ocean       shallow submarine canyon in the Pacific off La Jolla, Calif.; it is the best studied of all submarine canyons by virtue of its ...
Scripps, Edward Willis
born June 18, 1854, near Rushville, Ill., U.S. died March 12, 1926, at sea off Monrovia, Liberia U.S. newspaper publisher. He was first employed by his half brother, James ...
Scripps, Ellen Browning
▪ American publisher and philanthropist born Oct. 18, 1836, London, Eng. died Aug. 3, 1932, La Jolla, Calif., U.S.       English-born American journalist, publisher, ...
scripsit
/skrddip"sit/; Eng. /skrip"sit/, v. Latin. he wrote (it); she wrote (it). * * *
script
—scripter, n. /skript/, n. 1. the letters or characters used in writing by hand; handwriting, esp. cursive writing. 2. a manuscript or document. 3. the text of a manuscript or ...
script doctor
one who revises or alters a script to improve it. * * *
script girl
a female secretarial assistant to the director of a motion picture. [1925-30] * * *
script reader
playreader. [1955-60] * * *
Script.
1. Scriptural. 2. Scripture. * * *
scriptorium
/skrip tawr"ee euhm, -tohr"-/, n., pl. scriptoriums, scriptoria /-tawr"ee euh, -tohr"-/. a room, as in a monastery, library, or other institution, where manuscripts are stored, ...
scriptural
—scripturally, adv. —scripturalness, n. /skrip"cheuhr euhl/, adj. 1. (sometimes cap.) of, pertaining to, or in accordance with sacred writings, esp. the Scriptures. 2. ...
scripturally
See scriptural. * * *
Scripture
/skrip"cheuhr/, n. 1. Often, Scriptures. Also called Holy Scripture, Holy Scriptures. the sacred writings of the Old or New Testaments or both together. 2. (often l.c.) any ...
scriptwriter
—scriptwriting, n. /skript"ruy'teuhr/, n. a person who writes scripts, as for movies, radio, or television. [1910-15; SCRIPT + WRITER] * * *
scriptwriting
See scriptwriter. * * *
scrive board
/skruyv, skreev/, Shipbuilding. a floorlike construction on which the lines of a vessel can be drawn or scribed at full size. [1865-70; scrive, var. of SCRIBE2] * * *
scrivener
/skriv"neuhr/, n. 1. scribe1 (defs. 1, 2). 2. a notary. [1325-75; ME scriveyner, equiv. to scrivein ( < OF escrivein; see SCRIBE1, -AN) + -er -ER1] * * *
scrobiculate
/skroh bik"yeuh lit, -layt'/, adj. Bot., Zool. furrowed or pitted. [1800-10; < L scrobicul(us) small planting hole (scrobi(s) ditch + -culus -CULE1) + -ATE1] * * *
scrod
/skrod/, n. a young Atlantic codfish or haddock, esp. one split for cooking. Also, schrod. [1835-45, Amer.; orig. uncert.] * * * Young fish (as a cod or haddock), especially one ...
scrofula
/skrof"yeuh leuh/, n. Pathol. primary tuberculosis of the lymphatic glands, esp. those of the neck. [1350-1400; ME (pl.) < LL scrofulae (L scrof(a) sow + -ulae (pl.) -ULE), from ...
scrofulous
—scrofulously, adv. —scrofulousness, n. /skrof"yeuh leuhs/, adj. 1. pertaining to, resembling, of the nature of, or affected with scrofula. 2. morally tainted. [1605-15; ...
scrofulously
See scrofulous. * * *
scrofulousness
See scrofulously. * * *
scrog
—scroggy, adj. /skrog/, n. Scot. and North Eng. 1. any naturally short or stunted tree or bush, as a crab apple tree or blackthorn bush. 2. scrogs, underbrush; ...
Scroggs, Sir William
▪ English chief justice born c. 1623, Deddington, Oxfordshire, Eng. died Oct. 25, 1683, London       controversial lord chief justice of England (1678–81), who ...
scroll
—scroll-like, adj. /skrohl/, n. 1. a roll of parchment, paper, copper, or other material, esp. one with writing on it: a scroll containing the entire Old Testament. 2. ...
scroll foot.
See French foot (def. 1). [1930-35] * * *
scroll painting
Art form practiced primarily in the Far East. The two dominant types are the Chinese landscape scroll and the Japanese narrative scroll. China's greatest contribution to the ...
scroll saw
1. a narrow saw mounted vertically in a frame and operated with an up-and-down motion, used for cutting curved ornamental designs. 2. such a saw mounted in a power-driven ...
scrollhead
/skrohl"hed'/, n. Naut. billethead. [1865-70; SCROLL + HEAD] * * *
scrollsaw
scroll saw n. A hand or power saw with a narrow ribbonlike blade for cutting curved or irregular shapes. * * *
scrollwork
/skrohl"werrk'/, n. 1. decorative work in which scroll forms figure prominently. 2. ornamental work cut out with a scroll saw. [1730-40; SCROLL + WORK] * * * ▪ ...
scrooch
/skroohch/, v.i. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. to crouch, squeeze, or huddle (usually fol. by down, in, or up). Also, scrootch. [1835-45; appar. var. of SCROUGE, influenced ...
scrooge
/skroohj/, v.t., v.i., scrooged, scrooging. scrouge. * * *
Scrooge
/skroohj/, n. 1. Ebenezer /eb'euh nee"zeuhr/, a miserly curmudgeon in Dickens' Christmas Carol. 2. (often l.c.) any miserly person. [1935-40, for def. 2] * * *
scroogie
scroog·ie (skro͞oʹjē) n. Baseball A screwball.   [Shortening and alteration of screwball.] * * *
scroop
/skroohp/, v.i. 1. to emit a harsh, grating sound: The gate scrooped as he swung it shut. n. 2. a scrooping sound. 3. ability to make a rustling sound added to silk or rayon ...
scrootch
scrootch (skro͞och) v. Variant of scrooch. * * *
Scrope, George Julius Poulett
▪ British geologist born , March 10, 1797, London died Jan. 19, 1876, Fairlawn, Surrey, Eng.       English geologist and political economist whose volcanic studies ...
Scrophulariaceae
▪ plant family  the figwort or snapdragon family of flowering plants, one of 12 in the figwort order (Scrophulariales), containing about 190 genera and 4,000 species with ...
scrophulariaceous
/skrof'yeuh lair'ee ay"sheuhs/, adj. belonging to the Scrophulariaceae, the figwort family of plants. Cf. figwort family. [1840-50; < NL scrophulariace(ae) family name (see ...
scrotal
See scrotum. * * *
scrotum
—scrotal, adj. /skroh"teuhm/, n., pl. scrota /-teuh/, scrotums. Anat. the pouch of skin that contains the testes. [1590-1600; < L scrotum, var. of scrautum quiver] * * * ▪ ...
scrouge
/skrowj, skroohj/, v.t., v.i., scrouged, scrouging. to squeeze; crowd. Also, scrooge. [1820-30; b. obs. scruze (itself b. SCREW and BRUISE) and GOUGE] * * *
scrounge
/skrownj/, v., scrounged, scrounging, n. v.t. 1. to borrow (a small amount or item) with no intention of repaying or returning it: to scrounge a cigarette. 2. to gather together ...
scrounger
See scrounge. * * *
scroungy
/skrown"jee/, adj., scroungier, scroungiest. 1. given to or characterized by scrounging. 2. shabby or slovenly: scroungy clothes. [SCROUNGE + -Y1] * * *
Scrovegni Chapel
/skroh vayn"yee/; It. /skrddaw ve"nyee/. See Arena Chapel. * * *
scrub
scrub1 —scrubbable, adj. /skrub/, v., scrubbed, scrubbing, n. v.t. 1. to rub hard with a brush, cloth, etc., or against a rough surface in washing. 2. to subject to friction; ...
scrub brush
a brush with stiff, short bristles for scrubbing. Also called scrubbing brush. [1675-85] * * *
scrub fowl
megapode. [1940-45] * * *
scrub jay
a crestless jay, Aphelocoma coerulescens, of the western and southern U.S. and Mexico, having blue and grayish plumage. [1935-40, Amer.] * * *
scrub nurse
a nurse specially trained to assist surgeons in the operating room and serving as part of the surgically clean medical team handling instruments during an operation. [1925-30] * ...
scrub oak
any of several oaks, as Quercus ilicifolia and Q. prinoides, characterized by a scrubby manner of growth, usually found in dry, rocky soil. [1760-70, Amer.] * * * ▪ tree ...
scrub pine
any of several pines, as the jack pine, characterized by a scrubby or irregular manner of growth, usually found in dry, sandy soil. [1785-95, Amer.] * * *
scrub suit
a loose-fitting, usually two-piece garment, often of green cotton, worn by surgeons and assisting personnel in an operating room. * * *
scrub typhus
Pathol. an infectious disease occurring chiefly in Japan and the East Indies, caused by the organism Rickettsia tsutsugamushi, transmitted by mites through biting. Also called ...
scrub-bird
/skrub"berrd'/, n. either of two Australian passerine birds of the genus Atrichornis, related to the lyrebirds, having a loud voice and reduced powers of flight: A. clamosus is ...
scrub-up
/skrub"up'/, n. the act of washing or bathing thoroughly, esp. the aseptic washing by doctors, nurses, etc., before a surgical operation. [1915-20] * * *
scrubbable
See scrub1. * * *
scrubbed
/skrub"id/, adj. Archaic. stunted; scrubby. [1590-1600; SCRUB2 + -ED3] * * *
scrubber
scrubber1 /skrub"euhr/, n. 1. a person who scrubs. 2. a device or process for removing pollutants from smoke or gas produced by burning high-sulfur fuels. 3. a machine or ...
scrubbily
See scrubby. * * *
scrubbiness
See scrubbily. * * *
scrubboard
/skrub"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. washboard (defs. 1, 2). [SCRUB1 + BOARD] * * *
scrubby
—scrubbily, adv. —scrubbiness, n. /skrub"ee/, adj., scrubbier, scrubbiest. 1. low or stunted, as trees. 2. consisting of or covered with scrub, stunted trees, etc. 3. ...
scrubdown
/skrub"down'/, n. an act or instance of scrubbing, esp. a thorough washing of a surface or object: The decks of the ship get a scrubdown every morning. [n. use of v. phrase scrub ...
scrubfowl
scrub fowl n. See megapode. * * *
scrubjay
scrub jay n. A blue and gray jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) with a long slender body and no crest, found in dense brush or scrub especially in the Florida peninsula. * * *
scrubland
/skrub"land'/, n. land on which the natural vegetation is chiefly scrub. [1770-80, Amer.; SCRUB2 + -LAND] * * * ▪ ecology Introduction also called  shrubland,  heathland, ...
scrubnurse
scrub nurse n. A specially trained nurse who directly assists a surgeon during an operation. * * *
scruboak
scrub oak n. Either of two thicket-forming shrubs or small trees, the deciduous Quercus ilcifolia of the eastern United States or the evergreen Q. dumosa of western regions. * * *
scrubpine
scrub pine n. 1. A straggly pine tree (Pinus virginiana) of the eastern United States, having prickly cones and drooping or spreading branches. Also called spruce pine. 2. See ...
scrubs
☆ scrubs or scrub suit [skrubz ] pl.n. Informal sterile clothing worn as by doctors and nurses during surgery, childbirth, etc. * * * ➡ Wormwood Scrubs. * * * ▪ American ...
scrubsuit
scrub suit n. A two-piece garment of lightweight cotton, worn by hospital staff especially when participating in surgery. * * *
scrubtyphus
scrub typhus n. An acute infectious disease common in Asia that is caused by the rickettsia Rickettsia tsutsugamushi transmitted by mites and that is characterized by sudden ...
scrubwoman
/skrub"woom'euhn/, n., pl. scrubwomen. a woman hired to clean a place; charwoman. [1870-75; SCRUB1 + WOMAN] Usage. See woman. * * *
scruff
scruff1 /skruf/, n. the nape or back of the neck. [1780-90; var. of dial. scuff, scuft < D schoft horse's withers] scruff2 /skruf/, n. Metall. (in tin-plating) dross formed in ...
scruffily
See scruffy. * * *
scruffiness
See scruffily. * * *
scruffy
/skruf"ee/, adj., scruffier, scruffiest. untidy; shabby. [1650-60; SCRUFF2 + -Y1] * * *
Scruggs, Earl
▪ American musician in full  Earl Eugene Scruggs  born Jan. 6, 1924, Flint Hill, N.C., U.S.       American bluegrass banjoist, the developer of a unique instrumental ...
scrum
/skrum/, n., v., scrummed, scrumming. n. 1. a Rugby play in which, typically, three members of each team line up opposite one another with a group of two and a group of three ...
scrummage
—scrummager, n. /skrum"ij/, n., v.i., scrummaged, scrummaging. scrum (defs. 1, 3). [perh. orig. a dial. var. of SCRIMMAGE] * * *
scrummager
See scrummage. * * *
scrummy
/skrum"ee/, adj., scrummier, scrummiest. Chiefly Brit. Informal. scrumptious. [1910-15; SCRUM(PTIOUS) + -Y1] * * *
scrumptious
—scrumptiously, adv. —scrumptiousness, n. /skrump"sheuhs/, adj. very pleasing, esp. to the senses; delectable; splendid: a scrumptious casserole; a scrumptious satin ...
scrumptiously
See scrumptious. * * *
scrumptiousness
See scrumptiously. * * *
scrumpy
n [U] (BrE) a type of strong cider (= an alcoholic drink made from apples), especially as made in the West Country of England. * * *
scrunch
/skrunch, skroonch/, v.t. 1. to crunch, crush, or crumple. 2. to contract; squeeze together: I had to scrunch my shoulders to get through the door. v.i. 3. to squat or hunker ...
scrunchable
See scrunch. * * *
scrunchie
scrunch·ie also scrunch·y (skrŭnʹchē) n. pl. scrunch·ies An elasticized fabric ring used chiefly by women and girls to gather or fasten the hair.   [After the company ...
scrunchy
/skrun"chee/, n., pl. scrunchies. a small, round elasticized fabric band, used esp. by women to fasten the hair. Also, scrunchie. [1985-90] * * *
scruple
—scrupleless, adj. /skrooh"peuhl/, n., v., scrupled, scrupling. n. 1. a moral or ethical consideration or standard that acts as a restraining force or inhibits certain ...
scrupulosity
See scrupulous. * * *
scrupulous
—scrupulosity /skrooh'pyeuh los"i tee/, scrupulousness, n. —scrupulously, adv. /skrooh"pyeuh leuhs/, adj. 1. having scruples; having or showing a strict regard for what one ...
scrupulously
See scrupulosity. * * *
scrupulousness
See scrupulosity. * * *
scrutable
—scrutability, n. /skrooh"teuh beuhl/, adj. capable of being understood by careful study or investigation. [1590-1600; < L scrut(ari) (see SCRUTINY) + -ABLE] * * *
scrutator
/skrooh tay"teuhr/, n. a person who investigates. [1570-80; < L scrutator searcher, examiner, equiv. to scruta(ri) to examine (see SCRUTINY) + -tor -TOR] * * *

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