a long, broad strip of wool, silk, lace, or other material worn about the neck, shoulders, or head, for ornament or protection against cold, drafts, etc.
a necktie or cravat with hanging ends.
a long cover or ornamental cloth for a bureau, table, etc.
to cover or wrap with or as if with a scarf.
to use in the manner of a scarf.
- scarfless, adjective
- scarflike, adjective
Other definitions for scarf (2 of 3)
to eat, especially voraciously (often followed by down or up): to scarf down junk food.
Other definitions for scarf (3 of 3)
a tapered or otherwise-formed end on each of the pieces to be assembled with a scarf joint.
Whaling. a strip of skin along the body of the whale.
to assemble with a scarf joint.
to form a scarf on (the end of a timber).
Steelmaking. to burn away the surface defects of (newly rolled steel).
Whaling. to make a groove in and remove (the blubber and skin).
- Also scarph (for defs. 1, 3, 4) .
- scarfer, noun
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How to use scarf in a sentence
In these humdrum at-home pandemic days, scarfing out of a pizza box or slurping wonton soup from a plastic container is the closest most of us get to a safe restaurant experience.
That would be a neck scarf, with one twist, instantly elevating even an old sweatshirt.
Parade is also now expanding with a limited collection of scarves.The cofounder of underwear startup Parade on why the era of Victoria’s Secret is over | Rachel King | October 25, 2020 | Fortune
This infinity scarf by trusted brand the North Face is simple, comfortable, and easy to take on and off without mussing up your makeup or 'do.
Seymour quickly learned that designer scarves in particular, such as those by Ferragamo and Hermes, are very popular.Inside ‘Unorthodox’: How the Netflix series lined up its cast and costume design | radmarya | August 30, 2020 | Fortune
Slit the end of the rod, scarfing its points thin, and slip this point into the crotch of the scarf, and weld with borax.The Library of Work and Play: Working in Metals | Charles Conrad Sleffel
After scarfing the steel get it hot; and quench in the preparation.Secrets of Wise Men, Chemists and Great Physicians | William K. David
Another way to make an end joint is by bevelled scarfing or splaying (Fig. 562).Woodworking for Beginners | Charles Gardner Wheeler
Reference has been made in Chapter X, to certain forms of scarfing and lapping pieces.Carpentry for Boys | J. S. Zerbe
This is done by scarfing the end of the bar into a short tapered point.The Library of Work and Play: Working in Metals | Charles Conrad Sleffel
British Dictionary definitions for scarf (1 of 2)
a rectangular, triangular, or long narrow piece of cloth worn around the head, neck, or shoulders for warmth or decoration
to wrap with or as if with a scarf
to use as or in the manner of a scarf
British Dictionary definitions for scarf (2 of 2)
Also called: scarf joint, scarfed joint a lapped joint between two pieces of timber made by notching or grooving the ends and strapping, bolting, or gluing the two pieces together
the end of a piece of timber shaped to form such a joint
NZ a wedge-shaped cut made in a tree before felling, to determine the direction of the fall
whaling an incision made along a whale's body before stripping off the blubber
to join (two pieces of timber) by means of a scarf
to make a scarf on (a piece of timber)
to cut a scarf in (a whale)
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