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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a harsh noise made by scraping;
- Example: "the scrape of violin bows distracted her"
[syn: scrape, scraping, scratch, scratching]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Scratch \Scratch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scratched; p. pr. & vb. n. Scratching.] [OE. cracchen (perhaps influenced by OE. scratten to scratch); cf. OHG. chrazz[=o]n, G. kratzen, OD. kratsen, kretsen, D. krassen, Sw. kratsa to scrape, kratta to rake, to scratch, Dan. kradse to scratch, to scrape, Icel. krota to engrave. Cf. Grate to rub.] 1. To rub and tear or mark the surface of with something sharp or ragged; to scrape, roughen, or wound slightly by drawing something pointed or rough across, as the claws, the nails, a pin, or the like. [1913 Webster] Small sand-colored stones, so hard as to scratch glass. --Grew. [1913 Webster] Be mindful, when invention fails, To scratch your head, and bite your nails. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. To write or draw hastily or awkwardly. "Scratch out a pamphlet." --Swift. [1913 Webster] 3. To cancel by drawing one or more lines through, as the name of a candidate upon a ballot, or of a horse in a list; hence, to erase; to efface; -- often with out. [1913 Webster] 4. To dig or excavate with the claws; as, some animals scratch holes, in which they burrow. [1913 Webster] To scratch a ticket, to cancel one or more names of candidates on a party ballot; to refuse to vote the party ticket in its entirety. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Scratching \Scratch"ing\, adv. With the action of scratching. [1913 Webster] Scratch player
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

scratching n 1: a harsh noise made by scraping; "the scrape of violin bows distracted her" [syn: scrape, scraping, scratch, scratching]