scudding


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scud

 (skŭd)
intr.v. scud·ded, scud·ding, scuds
1. To run or skim along swiftly and easily: dark clouds scudding by.
2. Nautical To run before a gale with little or no sail set.
n.
1. The act of scudding.
2.
a. Wind-driven clouds, mist, or rain.
b. A gust of wind.
c. Ragged low clouds, moving rapidly beneath another cloud layer.

[Possibly from Middle English scut, rabbit, rabbit's tail; see scut1.]
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Noun1.scudding - the act of moving along swiftly (as before a gale)
hurrying, speeding, speed - changing location rapidly
References in classic literature ?
Tattered, blue-purple clouds, reddening in the east, were scudding before the wind.
A rollicking wind was scudding across the harbor and the dunes, whipping the water into white-caps and washing the sandshore with long lines of silvery breakers.
Swiftly she rose toward the clouds, racing with the scudding streamers of the storm-swept fragments, and a moment later she was swallowed by the dense masses billowing above.