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v. scratched, scratch·ing, scratch·es
1. To make a thin shallow cut or mark on (a surface) with a sharp instrument.
2. To use the nails or claws to dig or scrape at.
3. To rub or scrape (the skin) to relieve itching.
4. To scrape or strike on an abrasive surface.
5. To write or draw (something) by scraping a surface: scratched their initials on a rock.
6. To write or draw hurriedly: scratched off a thank-you note.
a. To strike out or cancel (a word, for example) by or as if by drawing lines through.
b. Slang To cancel (a project or program, for example).
a. To withdraw (an entry) from a contest or competition: The jockey decided to scratch the horse when it sprained its ankle.
b. To withdraw an entry from (a contest or competition): Having won three races already, the swimmer scratched her final event.
1. To use the nails or claws to dig, scrape, or wound.
2. To rub or scrape the skin to relieve itching.
3. To make a harsh scraping sound.
4. To gather funds or produce a living with difficulty.
a. To withdraw from a contest or competition.
b. Games To make a shot in billiards that results in a penalty, as when the cue ball falls into a pocket or jumps the cushion.
a. A mark resembling a line that is produced by scratching.
b. A slight wound.
2. A hasty scribble.
3. A sound made by scratching.
a. Sports The starting line for a race.
b. A contestant who has been withdrawn from a competition.
5. Games
a. The act of scratching in billiards.
b. A fluke or chance shot in billiards.
6. Poultry feed.
7. Slang Money.
1. Done haphazardly or by chance.
2. Assembled hastily or at random.
3. Sports Having no golf handicap.
from scratch
From the very beginning.
scratch the surface
To investigate or treat something in superficial or preliminary fashion.
up to scratch Informal
1. Meeting the requirements.
2. In fit condition.

[Middle English scracchen, probably blend of scratten, to scratch, and cracchen, to scratch (possibly from Middle Dutch cratsen).]

scratch′er n.


(Electronics) a percussive effect obtained by rotating a gramophone record manually: a disc-jockey and dub technique
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scratching - a harsh noise made by scrapingscratching - a harsh noise made by scraping; "the scrape of violin bows distracted her"
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"


n (Mus) → Scratchen nt, → Scratching nt
References in classic literature ?
Well, then, if it don't itch and can't itch, what in the nation is it scratching it for?
A COCK, scratching for food for himself and his hens, found a precious stone and exclaimed: "If your owner had found thee, and not I, he would have taken thee up, and have set thee in thy first estate; but I have found thee for no purpose.
Thank ye," said John, "I think you are quite in the right place, and maybe a little scratching will teach you not to leap a pony over a gate that is too high for him," and so with that John rode off.
Some chickens were clucking outside the windows, scratching for bits of gravel in the grass.
With this new invisibleSHIELD(TM) for MacBook Pro, people will be able to use their laptops anywhere and not have to worry about scratching the finish.
Unfortunately, she hadn't been better informed about other techniques available to discourage destructive scratching behavior.
The objective of the present work is to describe a microstructural characterization approach to study the plastic deformation process and associated stress-whitening that is induced during scratching in PE-clay nanocomposites.
It also depends on the penetration depth during the scratching and the scraping speed.
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A I Sympathize with owners who become frustrated by the scratching behaviors of their pets.
The forces associated with a key scratching a vehicle, a shopping cart scraping against a vehicle, a person scraping their belt buckle against a vehicle, as well as a bag of groceries sliding along a vehicle were all measured.
proposed an evaluation methodology involving several scratch parameters, such as scratch hardness, scratching coefficient of friction (SCOF), and critical load of scratch visibility, together with an experimentation procedure and testing equipment for assessing the scratch performance of polymers [18].