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View synonyms for scratch pad

scratch pad

noun

  1. a pad of paper used for jotting down ideas, informal notes, preliminary writing, etc.


scratch pad

noun

  1. a notebook, esp one with detachable leaves
  2. computing a small semiconductor memory for temporary storage


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Word History and Origins

Origin of scratch pad1

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95

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Example Sentences

Mr. Hatfield paused at the table to study the scratch pad on which the boy had been writing.

He stuck out one muddy hand wherein was clutched a wad of scratch-pad paper.

Pulling toward him a scratch pad he picked up a pencil from the table before him and proceeded to make a rapid sketch.

The geneticist, Piccione, drew symbols on a scratch pad and stared blankly at the wall.

His efforts only brought to light some half-empty cigarette boxes, matches, a scratch pad or two, and old visiting cards.

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