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Definition 1: an indication of damage - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for scratch in the sense of this definition

(scratch is a kind of ...) a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

"a facial blemish"

Definition 2: (golf) a handicap of zero strokes - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where scratch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a golfer who plays at scratch should be able to achieve par on a course

(scratch is a kind of ...) advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning

(scratch belongs to category ...) a game played on a large open course with 9 or 18 holes; the object is use as few strokes as possible in playing all the holes

Definition 3: poor handwriting - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for scratch in the sense of this definition

(scratch is a kind of ...) something written by hand

"she recognized his handwriting" "his hand was illegible"

(... is a kind of scratch ) cramped or illegible handwriting

(... is a kind of scratch ) an illegible scrawl

"his signature was just a squiggle but only he could make that squiggle"

Definition 4: a harsh noise made by scraping - [noun denoting event]

Samples where scratch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the scrape of violin bows distracted her

Synonyms for scratch in the sense of this definition

(scratch is a kind of ...) sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

"he enjoyed the street noises" "they heard indistinct noises of people talking" "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"

Definition 5: dry mash for poultry - [noun denoting food]

Synonyms for scratch in the sense of this definition

(scratch is a kind of ...) mixture of ground animal feeds

Definition 6: a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game - [noun denoting location]

Synonyms for scratch in the sense of this definition

(scratch is a kind of ...) in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area

Definition 7: a competitor who has withdrawn from competition - [noun denoting person]

(scratch is a kind of ...) the contestant you hope to defeat

"he had respect for his rivals" "he wanted to know what the competition was doing"

Definition 8: informal terms for money - [noun denoting possession]

Synonyms for scratch in the sense of this definition

(scratch is a kind of ...) the most common medium of exchange; functions as legal tender

"we tried to collect the money he owed us"

Definition 9: a depression scratched or carved into a surface - [noun denoting shape]

Synonyms for scratch in the sense of this definition

(scratch is a kind of ...) a concavity in a surface produced by pressing

"he left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud"

(... is a kind of scratch ) a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)

Definition 10: an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for scratch in the sense of this definition

(scratch is a kind of ...) an injury to living tissue (especially an injury involving a cut or break in the skin)

(... is a kind of scratch ) a superficial abrasion

(... is a kind of scratch ) abrasion (usually on the hands) caused by friction from a rope

Definition 11: cut the surface of; wear away the surface of - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for scratch in the sense of this definition

(scratch is a kind of ...) make an incision into by carving or cutting

(... is a kind of scratch ) scratch, scrape, pull, or dig with claws or nails

(... is a kind of scratch ) mar by scuffing

"scuffed shoes"

Definition 12: cause friction - [verb of contact]

Samples where scratch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • my sweater scratches

Synonyms for scratch in the sense of this definition

(scratch is a kind of ...) be in direct physical contact with; make contact

"The two buildings touch" "Their hands touched" "The wire must not contact the metal cover" "The surfaces contact at this point"

Definition 13: carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface - [verb of contact]

Samples where scratch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • engrave a pen
  • engraved the trophy cup with the winner's name
  • the lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree

Synonyms for scratch in the sense of this definition

(scratch is a kind of ...) engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface

"carve one's name into the bark"

(... is a kind of scratch ) engrave or inscribe characters on

(scratch has a similar meaning as ...) carve or cut a design or letters into

"engrave the pen with the owner's name"

Definition 14: gather (money or other resources) together over time - [verb of contact]

Samples where scratch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She had scraped together enough money for college
  • they scratched a meager living

Synonyms for scratch in the sense of this definition

(scratch is a kind of ...) get or gather together

"I am accumulating evidence for the man's unfaithfulness to his wife" "She is amassing a lot of data for her thesis" "She rolled up a small fortune"

(... is a kind of scratch ) accumulate gradually

"she nickeled-and-dimed together a small house for her family"

Definition 15: remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line - [verb of contact]

Samples where scratch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Please strike this remark from the record
  • scratch that remark

Synonyms for scratch in the sense of this definition

(scratch is a kind of ...) remove or make invisible

"Please delete my name from your list"

Definition 16: scrape or rub as if to relieve itching - [verb of perception]

Samples where scratch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Don't scratch your insect bites!

Synonyms for scratch in the sense of this definition

(scratch is a kind of ...) excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame

"Aspirin irritates my stomach"

Samples where scratch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Call off the engagement
  • cancel the dinner party
  • we had to scrub our vacation plans
  • scratch that meeting--the chair is ill

Synonyms for scratch in the sense of this definition

(scratch implies ...) make a schedule; plan the time and place for events

"I scheduled an exam for this afternoon"

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