Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

scar·i·fy 1

tr.v. scar·i·fied, scar·i·fy·ing, scar·i·fies
a. To make shallow cuts in (the skin), as when vaccinating.
b. To create a design on (the skin) by means of shallow cuts that are sometimes rubbed with a colorant or irritant to enhance the resulting scar tissue.
2. To break up the surface of (topsoil or pavement).
3. To distress deeply, as with severe criticism; lacerate.
4. Botany To slit or soften the outer coat of (seeds) in order to speed germination.

[Middle English scarifien, from Old French scarifier, from Late Latin scarīficāre, alteration of Latin scarīfāre, from Greek skarīphāsthai, to sketch, scratch, from skarīphos, pencil, stylus; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.]

scar′i·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
scar′i·fi′er n.

scar·i·fy 2

tr.v. scar·i·fied, scar·i·fy·ing, scar·i·fies
To scare.
References in classic literature ?
They agreed that the modern plough ploughed better, that the scarifier did the work more quickly, but they found thousands of reasons that made it out of the question for them to use either of them; and though he had accepted the conviction that he would have to lower the standard of cultivation, he felt sorry to give up improved methods, the advantages of which were so obvious.
Cultivation in the TT treatments was with a disc plough and scarifier or harrows as required after harvest, with crop stubble retained and incorporated into the soil.
For larger lawns, it's worth renting a petrol-driven lawn scarifier.
We would like to buy bowling shoes and bowls to encourage potential new players, light weight scoreboards, fertiliser and fusarium treatment for green maintenance, also a lawn scarifier.
The scarifier should get the approval of authorised slaughterhouses prior to the slaughter and get the meat inspected to ensure safety and protect health.
Entry forced into garage to steal a lawn scarifier.
Members of Stourport Cricket Club may have to use money set aside for a grassroots scheme to get children involved in the sport for machinery after thieves stole professional lawn mowers, a heavy duty scarifier and a trailer.
Since then, the business has had a good response to its demo programme with the GLS, which is designed to do more than a simple scarifier or slitter.
Scarifying: He says that scarifying - combing the grass to remove dead plants and thatch - with a spring-tine rake or a powered electric or petrol scarifier should be done twice a year: April or May and again in September or October, to encourage new grass growth and can be achieved either by hand with a spring rake or using a powered machine.
We have bought a sit-on tractor, a trailer, a shredder, a scarifier, and other exotic implements.