- a mark left by a healed wound, sore, or burn.
- a lasting aftereffect of trouble, especially a lasting psychological injury resulting from suffering or trauma.
- any blemish remaining as a trace of or resulting from injury or use.
- Botany. a mark indicating a former point of attachment, as where a leaf has fallen from a stem.
- to mark with a scar.
- to form a scar in healing.
Origin of scar1
- a precipitous, rocky place; cliff.
- a low or submerged rock in the sea.
Origin of scar2
Examples from the Web for scar
A scar marks her right wrist where the bullet hit her eight months ago.‘There was no food, no more water lilies’
October 31, 2014
[points to above the knee] The scar looks like a shark bite.Life After Deaths: Sean Bean on 'Game of Thrones' Paternity and 'Legends'
August 11, 2014
He had his right hand to his face and was absent-mindedly rubbing the scar on his left cheekbone.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
May 31, 2014
And if it is to truly heal, Palestinians and Israelis must make of the scar a source of succor, not fear.On Yom Kippur, Remember My Palestinian Mother
September 10, 2013
A thick, 10-centimeter-long scar ran down his abdomen from the resulting operation.Desperate to Go to War, Syrians in Egypt Find an Ally to Help
Alastair Beach, Abdulhamid Mallas
May 3, 2013
There was a scar on one cheek, and, altogether, he was not very prepossessing in his appearance.Brave and Bold
"The man who stared at me over his candle has a scar on his forehead," said Biddy.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
That slit had healed now, but the scar was always at his throat, and in both their hearts.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
Had he laid a finger-weight of sympathy on her, would it not have left a scar for life?Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
The other so young the only scar he had was the mark of the attram.Arm of the Law
- any mark left on the skin or other tissue following the healing of a wound
- a permanent change in a person's character resulting from emotional distresshis wife's death left its scars on him
- the mark on a plant indicating the former point of attachment of a part, esp the attachment of a leaf to a stem
- a mark of damage; blemish
- to mark or become marked with a scar
- (intr) to heal leaving a scar
- an irregular enlongated trench-like feature on a land surface that often exposes bedrock
- a similar formation in a river or sea
Word Origin and History for scar
late 14c., from Old French escare "scab" (Modern French escarre), from Late Latin eschara, from Greek eskhara "scab formed after a burn," literally "hearth, fireplace," of unknown origin. English sense probably influenced by Middle English skar (late 14c.) "crack, cut, incision," from Old Norse skarð, related to score (n.). Figurative sense attested from 1580s.
"bare and broken rocky face of a cliff or mountain," 1670s, earlier "rock, crag" (14c.), perhaps from Old Norse sker "isolated rock or low reef in the sea," from Proto-Germanic *sker- "to cut" (see shear (v.)).
- The fibrous tissue that replaces normal tissue destroyed by injury or disease.
- To mark with a scar or become marked with a scar.
- To form scar.