noun (used with a singular verb) Veterinary Pathology.
Words nearby scratches
Definition for scratches (2 of 3)
verb (used with object)
- to divide (one's vote) though predominantly supporting one political party or faction.
- to strike out or reject a particular name or names on (a party ticket) in voting.
verb (used without object)
- a shot resulting in a penalty, especially a pocketing of the cue ball without hitting the object ball.
- a fluke or lucky shot.
Origin of scratch
OTHER WORDS FROM scratch
Definition for scratches (3 of 3)
Origin of Scratch
Examples from the Web for scratches
He says that someone cut the legs of jogger, when no one had, although her legs were covered with scratches.
A teen swings from the branches and scratches its back against the jungle floor.Can Gorillas Save the Democratic Republic of the Congo?|Nina Strochlic|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“A couple of them had scratches, a couple had busted eardrums,” Canaday said.Oklahoma Tornado Hero Teacher Anna Canaday: ‘Take Me Instead’|Michael Daly|May 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
While none mentioned any scratches, a few add low battery life to the complaint about the Maps app.
The scratches found on his body indicated he had either fallen while running, or while scrambling down toward the creek.
Minor chips, scratches, and abrasions on the shell result from a variety of sources, some of them mentioned above.
Scratches are made upon the smoked plate, and these reproduce the picture on the original plate.Wireless Transmission of Photographs|Marcus J. Martin
At other times it is produced by bruises, scratches, or other direct injury of the cornea.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle|U.S. Department of Agriculture
He suddenly exclaimed, "Here are four scratches in a straight row."The Secret Wireless|Lewis E. Theiss
You have disabled four of my men, and have scarcely a dozen scratches to show for it.The Puppet Crown|Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for scratches (1 of 2)
Word Origin for scratches
British Dictionary definitions for scratches (2 of 2)
- to make a shot resulting in a penalty
- to make a lucky shot
- a competitor or the status of a competitor who has no allowance or receives a penalty
- (as modifier)a scratch player
- the line from which competitors start in a race
- (formerly) a line drawn on the floor of a prize ring at which the contestants stood to begin or continue fighting
- a shot that results in a penalty, as when the cue ball enters the pocket
- a lucky shot
Derived forms of scratchscratchy, adjectivescratchily, adverbscratchiness, noun
Word Origin for scratch
Idioms and Phrases with scratches
In addition to the idioms beginning with scratch
- scratch one's head
- scratch someone's back
- scratch the surface
- from scratch
- up to par (scratch)