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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Scratch \Scratch\, n. 1. 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. [1913 Webster] The coarse file . . . makes deep scratches in the work. --Moxon. [1913 Webster] These nails with scratches deform my breast. --Prior. [1913 Webster] God forbid a shallow scratch should drive The prince of Wales from such a field as this. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. (Pugilistic Matches) 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. [Cant] --Grose. [1913 Webster] 3. pl. (Far.) 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. --Law (Farmer's Veter. Adviser). [1913 Webster] 4. A kind of wig covering only a portion of the head. [1913 Webster] 5. (Billiards) (a) A shot which scores by chance and not as intended by the player; a fluke. [Cant, U. S.] (b) a shot which results in a penalty, such as dropping the cue ball in a pocket without hitting another ball. [1913 Webster +PJC] 6. In various sports, the line from which the start is made, except in the case of contestants receiving a distance handicap. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] Scratch cradle. See Cratch cradle, under Cratch. Scratch grass (Bot.), a climbing knotweed (Polygonum sagittatum) with a square stem beset with fine recurved prickles along the angles. Scratch wig. Same as Scratch, 4, above. --Thackeray. start from scratch to start (again) from the very beginning; also, to start without resources. [1913 Webster]