- to make scratches or superficial incisions in (the skin, a wound, etc.), as in vaccination.
- to lacerate by severe criticism.
- to loosen (the soil) with a type of cultivator.
- to hasten the sprouting of (hard-covered seeds) by making incisions in the seed coats.
- to break up (a road surface).
Origin of scarify
Examples from the Web for scarifier
For cutting off weeds, the push Hoe or scarifier is excellent.The Practical Garden-Book
C. E. Hunn
I have almost finished No. 3, in which I have relieved my indignant soul with a scarifier.The Letters of Charles Dickens
When the soil has weathered a few weeks, the scarifier or cultivator should be run over it once monthly until May.The Cauliflower
A. A. Crozier
In like manner each group of people possesses its scarifier, who by practice becomes adept.Negritos of Zambales
William Allan Reed
- surgery to make tiny punctures or superficial incisions in (the skin or other tissue), as for inoculating
- to break up and loosen (soil) to a shallow depth
- to scratch or abrade the outer surface of (seeds) to increase water absorption or hasten germination
- to wound with harsh criticism
- (tr) informal to make scared; frighten
Word Origin and History for scarifier
mid-15c., "make incisions in the bark of a tree," from Middle French scarifier "score, scrape" (leather or hide), 14c., from Late Latin scarificare (see scarification). The sense "cover with scars" (1680s) is a sense-shift from influence of scar (v.). Related: Scarified; scarifier; scarifying.
- To make shallow cuts in the skin, as when vaccinating.