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Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to scratch

Third person singular
scratch

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to scratch (third-person singular simple present scratch, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To rub a surface with a sharp object, especially by a living creature to remove itching with nails, claws, etc.
    Could you please scratch my back?
  2. To rub the skin with rough material causing a sensation of irritation.
    I don't like that new scarf because it scratches my neck.
  3. To mark a surface with a sharp object, thereby leaving; a scratch(noun).
    A real diamond can easily scratch a pane of glass.
  4. To remove, ignore or delete.
    Scratch what I said earlier; I was wrong.
  5. (music) To produce a distinctive sound on a turntable, by moving a vinyl record back and forth while manipulating the crossfader. See scratching
  6. A foul in pool, where the cue ball is put into a pocket or jumps off the table (some versions, in order to avoid scratching, require the cue ball to touch a rail after contacting another ball).
    He scratched.
  7. The technical error of touching or surpassing the starting mark prior to the official start signal in the sporting events long jump (also called running broad jump), standing broad jump, discus, hammer throw, shot put, and similar events. Originally the starting mark was a scratch on the ground but now a board or precisely indicated mark.

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Noun

Singular
scratch

Plural
es

scratch (es)
  1. (countable) A disruption, mark or shallow cut on a surface made by scratching.
    I can’t believe there is a scratch in the paint already.
    Her skin was covered with tiny scratches.
  2. (slang) money
    I need a little scratch.

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Adjective

scratch (not comparable)

Positive
scratch

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. for or consisting of preliminary or tentative, incomplete, etc. work
    This is scratch paper, so go ahead and scribble whatever you want on it.
  2. (computing) from scratchpad, describes a data structure or recording medium attached to a machine for testing or temporary-use purposes; one that can be scribbled on without loss. Usually in the combining forms scratch memory, scratch register, scratch disk, scratch tape, scratch volume, scratch space. See also scratch monkey.

Derived terms

  • to scratch an itch as in “If you have an itch, scratch it” and “that solution scratches my itch”. Typically this derived term and its uses refer to an idea or thought that causes mild anxiety or irritation.

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