scratch v. scratched, scratch·ing, scratch·es v. tr.
1. To make a thin shallow cut or mark on (a surface) with a sharp instrument. 2. To use the nails or claws to dig or scrape at. 3. To rub or scrape (the skin) to relieve itching. 4. To scrape or strike on an abrasive surface. 5. To write or draw (something) by scraping a surface: scratched their initials on a rock. 6. To write or draw hurriedly: scratched off a thank-you note. 7. a. To strike out or cancel (a word, for example) by or as if by drawing lines through. b. Slang. To cancel (a project or program, for example).
8. To withdraw (an entry) from a contest.
1. To use the nails or claws to dig, scrape, or wound. 2. To rub or scrape the skin to relieve itching. 3. To make a harsh scraping sound. 4. To gather funds or produce a living with difficulty. 5. a. To withdraw from a contest. b. Games. To make a shot in billiards that results in a penalty, as when the cue ball falls into a pocket or jumps the cushion.
1. a. A mark resembling a line that is produced by scratching. b. A slight wound.
2. A hasty scribble. 3. A sound made by scratching. 4. a. Sports. The starting line for a race. b. A contestant who has been withdrawn from a competition.
5. Games. a. The act of scratching in billiards. b. A fluke or chance shot in billiards.
6. Poultry feed. 7. Slang. Money.
1. Done haphazardly or by chance. 2. Assembled hastily or at random. 3. Sports. Having no golf handicap.
Idioms: from scratch
From the very beginning. scratch the surface
To investigate or treat something superficially. up to scratch Informal
1. Meeting the requirements. 2. In fit condition.
[Middle English scracchen, probably blend of scratten, to scratch, and cracchen, to scratch (possibly from Middle Dutch cratsen).] scratcher n.
\Scratch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scratched; p. pr. & vb. n. Scratching.] [OE. cracchen (perhaps influenced by OE. scratten to scratch); cf. OHG. chrazz[=o]n, G. kratzen, OD. kratsen, kretsen, D. krassen, Sw. kratsa to scrape, kratta to rake, to scratch, Dan. kradse to scratch, to scrape, Icel. krota to engrave. Cf. Grate to rub.] 1. To rub and tear or mark the surface of with something sharp or ragged; to scrape, roughen, or wound slightly by drawing something pointed or rough across, as the claws, the nails, a pin, or the like. Small sand-colored stones, so hard as to scratch glass. --Grew. Be mindful, when invention fails, To scratch your head, and bite your nails. --Swift. 2. To write or draw hastily or awkwardly. ``Scratch out a pamphlet.'' --Swift. 3. To cancel by drawing one or more lines through, as the name of a candidate upon a ballot, or of a horse in a list; hence, to erase; to efface; -- often with out. 4. To dig or excavate with the claws; as, some animals scratch holes, in which they burrow. To scratch a ticket, to cancel one or more names of candidates on a party ballot; to refuse to vote the party ticket in its entirety. [U. S.]
\Scratch\, v. i. 1. To use the claws or nails in tearing or in digging; to make scratches. Dull, tame things, . . . that will neither bite nor scratch. --Dr. H. More. 2. (Billiards) To score, not by skillful play but by some fortunate chance of the game. [Cant, U. S.]
\Scratch\, a. Made, done, or happening by chance; arranged with little A break in the surface of a thing made by scratching, or by rubbing with anything pointed or rough; a slight wound, mark, furrow, or incision. The coarse file . . . makes deep scratches in the work. --Moxon. These nails with scratches deform my breast. --Prior. God forbid a shallow scratch should drive The prince of Wales from such a field as this. --Shak. 2. (Pugilistic Matches) A line across the prize ring; up to which boxers are brought when they join fight; hence, test, trial, or proof of courage; as, to bring to the scratch; to come up to the scratch. [Cant] --Grose. 3. pl. (Far.) Minute, but tender and troublesome, excoriations, covered with scabs, upon the heels of horses which have been used where it is very wet or muddy. --Law (Farmer's Veter. Adviser). 4. A kind of wig covering only a portion of the head. 5. (Billiards) A shot which scores by chance and not as intended by the player; a fluke. [Cant, U. S.] Scratch cradle. See Cratch cradle, under Cratch. Scratch grass (Bot.), a climbing knotweed (Polygonum sagittatum) with a square stem beset with fine recurved prickles along the angles. Scratch wig. Same as Scratch, 4, above. --Thackeray.
\Scratch\, n. In various sports, the line from which the start is made, except in the case of contestants receiving a distance handicap.
n 1: an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off [syn: abrasion, scrape, excoriation] 2: a depression scratched or carved into a surface [syn: incision, notch, prick, slit, dent] 3: dry mash for poultry [syn: chicken feed] 4: a harsh noise made by scraping; "the scrape of violin bows distracted her" [syn: scrape, scraping, scratching] 5: poor handwriting [syn: scribble, scrawl, cacography] 6: an indication of damage [syn: scrape, scar, mark] v 1: cause friction [syn: rub, fray, fret, chafe] 2: cut the surface of; wear away the surface of [syn: scrape, scratch up] 3: scrape or rub as if to relieve itching [syn: rub, itch]
1. (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". See also scratch monkey. 2. (primarily IBM) To delete (as in a file). [Jargon File] (1994-12-15)
Source: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © 1993-2001 Denis Howe
Definition: cut Synonyms: claw, damage, etch, grate, graze, incise, lacerate, mark, prick, rasp, rub, scarify, score, scrape, scrawl, scribble Concept: cutting
- scratch Function: verb Definition: cancel Synonyms: annul, delete, eliminate, erase, pull, pull out, strike, withdraw Concept: stopping
- scratch Function: noun Definition: cut Synonyms: blemish, claw mark, gash, graze, hurt, laceration, mark, score, scrape Concept: injury/pain
- abort Function: verb Definition: cancel Synonyms: arrest, break off, call off, check, cut off, drop, end, fail, halt, interrupt, lay off, nullify, scrap, scratch, scrub, terminate, cut short, axe, ditch, can Antonyms: carry through, conclude, continue, execute, finish, follow through, keep Concept: stopping
- abrasion Function: noun Definition: scrape Synonyms: chafe, injury, scrape, scratch, scuff Concept: injury/pain
- advance Function: noun Definition: deposit Synonyms: accommodation, allowance, credit, deposit, down payment, floater, front money, grubstake, hike, increase, jawbone, loan, prepayment, retainer, rise, score, scratch, stake, take, touch Antonyms: deferred payment, payment on account Concept: financial action
- anew Function: adverb Definition: fresh Synonyms: afresh, again, another time, come again, de novo, from scratch, lately, new, newly, once again, once more, over, over again, recently Antonyms: never again, nevermore Concept: timeliness
- apply Function: verb Definition: work Synonyms: address, be diligent, be industrious, bear down, bend, buckle down, buckle down, commit, concentrate, dedicate, devote, dig, direct, give, grind, hammer away, hustle, knuckle down, make effort, peg away, persevere, plug, scratch, study, sweat, throw, try, turn Concept: effort
- bread Function: noun Definition: money Synonyms: cash, coin, dollars, dough, finance, funds, greenbacks, mazuma, scratch Concept:monetary unit
- cancel Function:verb Definition:call off Synonyms:abolish, abort, abrogate, annul, ax, black out, blot out, break, break off, call off, courtermand, cross out, cut, deface, delete, destroy, do in, efface, eliminate, eradicate, erase, expunge, finish off, kill, obliterate, off, omit, quash, remove, render invalid, repeal, repudiate, rescind, revoke, rub out, scratch out, scrub, sink, smash, squash, stamp across, strike out, torpedo, total, trash, trim, undo, wash out, wipe out, x out, z Antonyms:allow, permit, uphold, establish Concept:stopping
- cash Function:noun Definition:money Synonyms:banknote, bread, buck, bullion, cabbage, chicken feed, coin, coinage, currency, dinero, dough, funds, green stuff, investment, legal tender, lot, mazumah, note, payment, pledge, principal, ready assets, refund, remuneration, reserve, resources, riches, savings, scratch, security, skins, stock, supply, treasure, wampum, wherewithal Antonyms:credit, deferred payment Concept:financial entity
- chafe Function:verb Definition:rub Synonyms:abrade, bark, corrode, damage, erode, excoriate, gall, grate, graze, hurt, impair, inflame, irritate, peel, ruffle, scrape, scratch, skin, wear Antonyms:cool, protect, soothe, relieve Concept:grinding/rubbing
- chafe Function:verb Definition:annoy Synonyms:abrade, anger, annoy, bother, exasperate, exercise, fret, fume, gall, grate, harass, incense, inflame, irk, irritate, itch, offend, provoke, rage, rasp, rub, ruffle, scrape, scratch, vex, worry Antonyms:calm, make happy, pacify, appease, molify Concept:bother/trouble action
- chip Function:noun Definition:shard Synonyms:dent, flake, flaw, fragment, nick, notch, paring, part, scrap, scratch, shaving, slice, sliver, wafer, wedge Concept:minor part
- coin Function:noun Definition:money Synonyms:bread, cash, change, chips, coinage, copper, currency, dough, gold, jack, legal tender, loonie, meter money, mintage, money, piece, scratch, silver, small change, specie Concept:monetary unit
- creak Function:verb Definition:grind Synonyms:crepitate, grate, groan, rasp, scrape, scratch, screech, sound, squeak, squeal Concept:grinding/rubbing
- damage Function:verb Definition:injure Synonyms:abuse, bang up, batter, bleach, blight, break, burn, contaminate, corrode, corrupt, crack, crack, cripple, deface, deface, defile, dirty, discolor, disfigure, disintegrate, dismantle, fade, gnaw, harm, hurt, impair, incapacitate, infect, injure, lacerate, maim, maltreat, maltreat, mangle, mar, mutilate, pollute, ravage, rot, ruin, rust, scathe, scorch, scratch, smash, split, spoil, stab, stain, tamper with, tarnish, tear, undermine, vitiate, weaken, wear away, wound, wreck, wron Antonyms:benefit, fix, improve, mend, repair Concept:damaging
- deface Function:verb Definition:mutilate Synonyms:blemish, contort, damage, deform, demolish, destroy, dilapidate, disfigure, distort, foul up, gum up, harm, hash up, impair, injure, louse up, mangle, mar, mess up, misshape, muck up, obliterate, ruin, scratch, screw up, spoil, sully, tarnish, trash, vandalize, wreck Antonyms:adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, repair, fix, mend, deck, freshen, restore Concept:damaging
- defect Function:noun Definition:imperfection Synonyms:birthmark, blemish, blot, blotch, break, bug, catch, check, crack, deficiency, deformity, discoloration, drawback, error, error, failing, fault, flaw, foible, foible, frailty, gap, glitch, gremlin, hole, infirmity, injury, irregular, kink, knot, lack, lack, mark, marring, mistake, patch, rift, rough spot, scar, scarcity, scratch, seam, second, shortage, shortcoming, sin, speck, spot, stain, taint, unsoundness, vice, want, weak point, weakness Antonyms:strength, excellence, faultlessness, merit Concept:deformity
- dent Function:noun Definition:depression Synonyms:cavity, chip, concavity, crater, crenel, cut, dimple, dint, dip, embrasure, furrow, hollow, impression, incision, indentation, nick, notch, pit, scallop, score, scrape, scratch, sink, trough Concept:pushing
- dent Function:verb Definition:depress Synonyms:chip, dig, dimple, dint, furrow, gouge, hollow, imprint, indent, make concave, mark, nick, notch, perforate, pit, press in, push in, ridge, scrape, scratch Concept:pushing
- drop Function:verb Definition:abandon Synonyms:abort, adios, break with, call off, cancel, cast off, cease, desert, desert, discontinue, dismiss, disown, ditch, divorce, dust off, eighty-six, end, forfeit, forget about, forsake, forsake, give up, interrupt, jilt, kick, leave, leave, lose, part from, part with, quit, reject, relinquish, remit, renounce, repudiate, resign, sacrifice, scratch, scrub, separate, shake, stop, terminate, throw over, wash out, waste one, wipe out, write off Concept:neglect/ignoring
- endeavor Function:verb Definition:attempt Synonyms:address, aim, apply, aspire, assay, bid for, buck, determine, dig, drive at, essay, go for, grind, hammer away, hassle, hump, hustle, intend, labor, offer, peg away, plug, purpose, push, risk, scratch, seek, strain, strive, struggle, sweat, take on, take pains, try, undertake, venture Concept:attempting
- engrave Function:verb Definition:carve Synonyms:bite, burn, chase, chisel, crosshatch, cut, diaper, embed, enchase, etch, fix, grave, hatch, impress, imprint, infix, ingrain, initial, inscribe, instill, intaglio, lithograph, lodge, mezzotint, ornament, print, scratch, stipple Concept:cutting
- engraving Function:noun Definition:carving Synonyms:block, chasing, chiselling, cutting, dry point, enchasing, etching, illustration, impression, inscribing, inscription, intaglio, lithograph, photoengraving, photogravure, print, rotogravure, scratch, woodcut Concept:cutting
- epistle Function:noun Definition:letter Synonyms:Dear John, FYI, billet doux, cannonball, card, communication, dispatch, get-well, invite, kite, line, love letter, memo, message, missive, note, poison pen, postcard, scratch, tab, thank-you Concept:document
eradicate Function:verb Definition:destroy Synonyms:KO, abate, abolish, adios, annihilate, ax, blot out, deep six, demolish, deracinate, efface, eighty-six, eliminate, erase, expunge, exterminate, extinguish, extirpate, kibosh, knock out, liquidate, mow down, obliterate, off, purge, raze, remove, root out, rub out, scratch, scrub, shoot down, squash, stamp out, take out, torpedo, total, trash, unroot, uproot, wash out, waste, weed out, wipe out Antonyms:create, plant, fix, generate, propagate, breed, build Concept:destruction
- erase Function:verb Definition:remove Synonyms:abolish, annul, black out, blank, blot, blue pencil, cancel, cross out, cut, cut out, dele, delete, disannul, dispatch, efface, eliminate, excise, expunge, extirpate, gut, kill, knock off, launder, negate, nullify, obliterate, remove, rub out, scratch out, stamp out, strike, strike out, take out, trim, wipe out, withdraw, x-out Antonyms:add, insert, put in, restore Concept:removal/subtraction
- excise Function:verb Definition:remove Synonyms:X out, amputate, black out, blot out, blue pencil, cross out, cut, cut off, cut out, cut up, delete, destroy, elide, eradicate, erase, expunge, exscind, exsect, exterminate, extirpate, extract, gut, knock off, launder, lop off, resect, scissor out, scratch out, slash, stamp out, strike out, trim, wipe out Antonyms:add, put in Concept:removal/subtraction
- excoriate Function:verb Definition:scrape Synonyms:abrade, chafe, flay, fret, gall, peel, rub, scarify, scratch, skin, strip Concept:grinding/rubbing
- finish Function:verb Definition:get done Synonyms:accomplish, achieve, bag it, break up, carry through, cease, chuck, clinch, close, complete, conclude, cool it, crown, culminate, deal with, determine, discharge, do, effect, end, execute, finalize, fold, fulfill, halt, make, mop up, perfect, round off, round up, scratch, scrub, settle, sew up, shut down, shutter, stop, terminate, terminate, top off, ultimate, wind up, wrap, wrap up Concept:completeness
- forge Function:verb Definition:counterfeit Synonyms:coin, copy, design, duplicate, fabricate, fake, falsify, fashion, feign, frame, hoke, imitate, invent, make, make like, phony up, pirate, produce, reproduce, scratch, trace, transcribe, trump up Concept:copying
- fortune Function:noun Definition:fate Synonyms:accident, break, certainty, chance, circumstances, contingency, destiny, doom, expectation, experience, fifty-fifty, fighting chance, fluke, fortuity, fortunateness, good break, hazard, history, karma, kismet, life, luck, lucked into, lucked out, luckiness, lucky break, lucky hit, portion, providence, scratch, shot, stab, star, success, toss up, whack Concept:fate
- funds Function:noun Definition:reserve Synonyms:accounts receivable, affluence, assets, backing, bankroll, belongings, bread, budget, capital, cash, collateral, currency, dough, earnings, finance, fluid assets, hard cash, kitty, lucre, means, money, nest egg, nut, pork barrel, possessions, proceeds, profits, property, ready money, resources, revenue, savings, scratch, securities, specie, stakes, store, stuff, substance, treasure, wealth, wherewithal, winnings Concept:financial entity
- gall Function:verb Definition:rub Synonyms:abrade, bark, burn, chafe, corrade, erode, excoriate, file, fray, frazzle, fret, grate, graze, irritate, scrape, scratch, scuff, skin, wear Concept:grinding/rubbing - grate Function:verb Definition:shred Synonyms:abrade, bark, bray, file, fray, gall, grind down, mince, pound, pulverize, rasp, raze, rub, scrape, scratch, scuff, skin, triturate Concept:grinding/rubbing - graze Function:verb Definition:touch Synonyms:abrade, brush, carom, chafe, glance off, kiss, ricochet, rub, scrape, scratch, shave, skim, skip Concept:touch
- groove Function:noun Definition:indentation Synonyms:canal, channel, corrugation, crease, crimp, crimp, cut, cutting, depression, ditch, flute, fluting, furrow, gouge, gutter, hollow, incision, notch, pucker, rabbet, rut, scallop, score, scratch, slit, trench, valley Concept:minor part
- handwriting Function:noun Definition:writing Synonyms:autography, calligraphy, chicken scratch, chicken tracks, chirography, ductus, fist, griffonage, hand, hieroglyphics, longhand, manuscript, manuscription, mark, pencraft, penmanship, penscript, scratching, scrawl, scribble, script, scription, scrivenery, scrivening, style Concept:writing
- hotel Function:noun Definition:accommodation Synonyms:auberge, boarding house, caravansary, dump, fleabag, flop box, flophouse, hospice, hostel, hostelry, house, inn, lodging, motel, motor inn, public house, resort, roadhouse, rooming house, scratch crib, spa, spa, tavern Concept:habitat entity
- hound Function:verb Definition:chase Synonyms:annoy, badger, bait, be at, bird dog, bother, bug, chivy, curdle, dog, drive, give chase, goad, harass, harry, hassle, heckle, hector, hunt, hunt down, impel, persecute, pester, prod, provoke, pursue, rag, rag on, ride, scout, scratch, scratch around, tail, track down, yap at Concept:pursuing
- hunt Function:verb Definition:chase Synonyms:bird dog, capture, course, dog, drag, drive, fish, follow, give chase, grouse, gun, gun for, hawk, heel, hound, kill, look for, poach, press, pursue, ride, run, scent, scratch, scratch around, seek, shadow, shoot, snare, stalk, start, track, trail, wolf Concept:pursuing Source: - hunt Function:verb Definition:search Synonyms:cast about, delve, drag, examine, ferret out, fish for, forage, go after, grope, inquire, interrogate, investigate, look, nose around, probe, prowl, quest, question, ransack, rummage, run down, scour, scratch around, seek, sift, trace, trail, winnow Concept:searching
- hurt Function:noun Definition:injury Synonyms:ache, blow, boo-boo, bruise, chop, damage, detriment, disadvantage, disaster, discomfort, disservice, distress, down, gash, harm, ill, ill-treatment, loss, mark, mischief, misfortune, nick, ouch, outrage, pain, pang, persecution, prejudice, ruin, scratch, sore, soreness, suffering, wound, wrong Concept:injury/pain
- injury Function:noun Definition:hurt Synonyms:abrasion, abuse, abuse, affliction, affront, agony, bad, bite, blemish, boo-boo, bruise, burn, chop, cramp, cut, damage, deformation, detriment, discomfiture, disservice, distress, evil, evil, fracture, frostburn, gash, grievance, harm, hemorrhage, ill, impairment, indignity, injustic, insult, laceration, lesion, libel, loss, mischief, misery, mutilation, nick, ouch, outrage, pang, ruin, scar, scratch, scratch, shock, slander, sore, sprain, stab, sting, suffering, swelling, trauma, twinge, wound, wrong Concept:injury/pain
- inn Function:noun Definition:accommodation Synonyms:B & B, auberge, bed and breakfast, flophouse, hospice, hostel, hostelry, hotel, last house, lodge, motel, public house, resort, roadhouse, saloon, scratch crib, stopping house, tavern Concept:habitat entity
- labor Function:verb Definition:work Synonyms:bear down, cultivate, dog it, drive, drudge, endeavor, exert oneself, get cracking, grind, moil, plod, plug along, plug away, scratch, slave, strain, strive, struggle, sweat, tend, toil, travail, tug Concept:task
- letter Function:noun Definition:note Synonyms:Dear John, acknowledgment, answer, billet, cannonball, communication, dispatch, epistle, junk mail, kite, line, mash note, memo, memorandum, message, missive, note, poison-pen, postcard, reply, report, scratch, tab, tag, thank you Concept:document
- line Function:noun Definition:mark Synonyms:band, bar, border, borderline, boundary, channel, configuration, contour, crease, dash, delineation, demarcation, edge, figuration, figure, frontier, furrow, groove, limit, lineament, lineation, outline, profile, rule, score, scratch, silhouette, streak, stripe, stroke, tracing, underline, wrinkle Concept:shape entity
- loan Function:verb Definition:credit Synonyms:accommodate, advance, allow, credit, grubstake, jawbone, lend, let out, provide, score, scratch, stake, touch Concept:financial action
- lodging Function:noun Definition:accommodation Synonyms:abode, address, apartment, asylum, birdcage, boarding, bullpen, camp, castle, chambers, cover, crash pad, crib, diggings, digs, domicile, dorm, dwelling, flophouse, fraternity, habitation, harbor, home, hotel, inn, lodge, lodgment, motel, pad, palace, pied-a-terre, place, port, protection, quarters, residence, resort, roof, room, scratch crib, shelter, sorority, zoo Concept:habitat entity
- mar Function:verb Definition:hurt Synonyms:blemish, blight, blot, break, bruise, damage, deface, deform, detract, ding, disfigure, foul up, harm, hash up, impair, injure, louse up, maim, mangle, mess up, mutilate, queer, rough up, ruin, scar, scratch, screw up, shake up, spoil, stain, sully, taint, tarnish, tweak, vitiate, warp, wreck Concept:injury/pain
- mark Function:noun Definition:blemish Synonyms:John Hancock, John Henry, X, autograph, blaze, blot, blotch, brand, brand name, bruise, character, check, cross, dent, dot, impression, imprint, ink, label, line, logo, nick, pock, point, record, register, representation, scar, score, scratch, sign, signature, smudge, splotch, spot, stain, stamp, streak, stroke, symbol, tag, ticket, trace, trademark, underlining Concept:symbol/notation
- mark Function:verb Definition:blemish Synonyms:X, autograph, blaze, blot, blotch, brand, bruise, chalk, check, dent, dot, impress, imprint, initial, ink, inscribe, label, letter, nick, pinpoint, point, print, scar, score, scratch, seal, sig, sign, smudge, splotch, stain, stamp, streak, stroke, trace, underline, write Concept:writing
- money Function:noun Definition:currency Synonyms:Almighty Dollar, banknote, bankroll, beans, bill, boodle, bread, bucks, cabbage, capital, cash, check, chicamin, chips, coin, coinage, dineros, dough, ducats, filthy lucre, finances, fund, funds, gold, gravy, green, green stuff, greenback, hard cash, jack, kitty, legal tender, long green, loot, lucre, mazuma, moolah, pay, payment, pesos, property, resources, riches, roll, salary, scratch, silver, skin, specie, sugar, treasure, wad, wage, wampum, wealth, wherewithal Concept:financial entity
- mutilate Function:verb Definition:maim Synonyms:adulterate, amputate, batter, bowdlerize, butcher, cripple, crush, cut up, damage, damage, deface, disable, disfigure, dismember, distort, expurgate, hack, hack, hash up, hurt, injure, lacerate, lame, mangle, mar, mess up, ravage, scratch, spoil, weaken Concept:injury/pain
- nick Function:verb Definition:chip Synonyms:cut, damage, dent, dint, indent, indentation, jag, knock, mark, mill, notch, scar, score, scratch, slit Concept:cutting
- notch Function:noun Definition:indentation Synonyms:cleft, cut, gap, gash, groove, incision, indent, indenture, mark, mill, nick, nock, rabbet, rut, score, scratch Concept:cutting
- notch Function:verb Definition:indent Synonyms:chisel, cleave, crenelate, crimp, cut, dent, gash, incise, jag, mark, mill, nick, scallop, score, scratch Concept:cutting
- note Function:noun Definition:writing Synonyms:agenda, annotation, calender, comment, commentary, datum, definition, diary, dispatch, entry, epistle, gloss, inscription, jotting, journal, letter, line, marginalia, mark, memo, memorandum, message, minute, missive, obiter dictum, observation, record, remark, reminder, scratch, scrawl, scribble, summary, thank-you, word Concept:writing
- nothing Function:noun Definition:emptiness Synonyms:annihilation, aught, bagatelle, blank, cipher, crumb, diddly, duck egg, extinction, fly speck, goose egg, insignificancy, naught, nihility, nix, no thing, nobody, nonbeing, nonentity, nonexistence, not anything, nothingness, nought, nullity, obliteration, oblivion, scratch, shutout, trifle, void, wind, zero, zilch, zip, zippo, zot Concept:quantity (number)
- nullify Function:verb Definition:cancel Synonyms:abate, abolish, abrogate, annihilate, annul, ax, blue pencil, compensate, confine, counteract, counterbalance, countervail, crab, cream, dial back, disannul, forget it, invalidate, kill, knock out, limit, negate, neutralize, nig, offset, quash, renege, renig, repeal, rescind, restrict, revoke, scratch, scrub, squash, stamp out, take out, torpedo, trash, undo, veto, vitiate, void, wash out, wipe out, zap Concept:stopping
- obliterate Function:verb Definition:destroy Synonyms:KO, annihilate, ax, black out, blot out, blue pencil, bog, cancel, cover, cream, cut, defeat, delete, dial back, do in, efface, eliminate, eradicate, erase, expunge, exterminate, extirpate, finish, finish off, kill, knock off, knock out, level, liquidate, mark out, nix, obscure, off, ravage, root out, rub off, rub out, scratch, scrub, shoot down, sink, smash, squash, take apart, take out, torpedo, total, trash, wash out, waste, wipe out, x out, zap Concept:destruction
- pad Function:noun Definition:paper Synonyms:block, jotter, memorandum, notebook, notepad, paper, parchment, quire, ream, scratch, scratch pad, slips, tablet Concept:writing
- paw Function:verb Definition:rough up Synonyms:clap, claw, clutch, dig, feel, finger, fondle, grab, grate, grope, handle, hit, manhandle, maul, molest, palpate, pat, rake, rasp, rub, scratch, search, slap, smite, stroke Concept:touch
- petty Function:adjective Definition:trivial Synonyms:Mickey Mouse, base, big zero, casual, cheap, contemptible, contemptible, dinky, frivolous, inconsequent, inconsiderable, inessential, inferior, insignificant, irrelevant, junior, lesser, light, little, lower, measly, minor, narrow-minded, negligible, niggling, no biggie, paltry, peanut, penny ante, pettifogging, picayune, piddling, scratch, secondary, shabby, shallow, shoestring, slight, small, small-minded, subordinate, trifling, two bit, unimportant Concept:unimportance
- plod Function:verb Definition:work slowly Synonyms:bear down, buckle down, dig, dog it, drudge, grind, grub, hammer, heel, knuckle down, labor, muck, peg away, persevere, plough through, plug, plug away, salt mine, scratch, slave, slave, slog, sweat, toil Concept:effort
- publicity Function:noun Definition:promotion Synonyms:PR, advertising, announcement, announcing, attention, ballyhoo, big noise, billing, blurb, boost, broadcasting, build-up, clout, commercial, currency, distribution, fame, handout, hard sell, hoopla, hype, ink, limelight, noise, notoriety, pitch, plug, press, press-agentry, promo, promulgation, propaganda, public notice, public relations, puff, puffery, pushing, reclame, release, report, scratch, skywriting, spotlight, spread, write-up Concept:information
- rake Function:verb Definition:scrape up Synonyms:break up, clean up, clear, clear up, collect, comb, comb, enfilade, examine, fine-tooth-comb, gather, grade, graze, grub, harrow, hoe, hunt, ransack, rasp, remove, rummage, scan, scour, scour, scrape, scratch, scrutinize, search, smooth, sweep, weed Concept:digging/stabbing
- rasp Function:verb Definition:grind Synonyms:abrade, bray, excoriate, file, grate, irk, irritate, jar, pound, raze, rub, rub, sand, scour, scrape, scratch, vex, wear Concept:grinding/rubbing
- raze Function:verb Definition:flatten Synonyms:batter, blow down, blue ruin, bomb, break down, bulldoze, capsize, cast down, crash, decimate, delete, demolish, destroy, dynamite, efface, erase, expunge, extinguish, extirpate, fell, knock down, level, mow down, obliterate, overthrow, overturn, pull down, reduce, remove, rub out, ruin, scatter, scratch out, smash, spill, strike out, subvert, tear down, tear up, throw down, topple, total, unbuild, undo, unmake, upset, wipe out, wrack, wreck, zap Concept:destruction
- remove Function:verb Definition:kill Synonyms:assassinate, blot out, bump of, clear away, dispose of, do in, drag, drag down, efface, eliminate, eradicate, erase, exclude, execute, expunge, exterminate, extirpate, knock off, liquidate, murder, obliterate, off, purge, scratch, sterilize, take down, take out, waste, wipe out Concept:destruction
- scar Function:verb Definition:mark Synonyms:beat, blemish, brand, cut, damage, deface, disfigure, flaw, hurt, injure, maim, mar, pinch, score, scratch, slash, stab, traumatize Concept:injury/pain
- score Function:verb Definition:cut Synonyms:cleave, crosshatch, deface, furrow, gash, gouge, graze, groove, indent, line, mark, mark, mill, nick, notch, scrape, scratch, serrate, slash, slit Concept:cutting
- scrawl Function:verb Definition:write Synonyms:doodle, inscribe, scrabble, scratch, scribble, squiggle Concept:writing
- seek Function:verb Definition:look for Synonyms:be after, bird-dog, bob for, cast about, chase, comb, delve, delve for, dig for, dragnet, explore, fan, ferret out, fish, fish for, follow, go after, gun for, hunt, inquire, investigate, look about, look around, mouse, nose, prowl, prowl after, pursue, quest, ransack, root, run after, scout, scratch, search for, search out, smell around, sniff out, track down Concept:searching
- snub Function:verb Definition:act cool Synonyms:boycott, brush off, burr, censure, chill, cold-shoulder, cool, cut, cut dead, disdain, disregard, duck, fluff, fluff off, frost, go by, high-hat, humble, humiliate, ice, ice out, ignore, kiss off, mortify, neglect, offend, ostracize, pass up, put down, rebuff, scold, scorn, scratch, shame, shun, slight, slur, snob, swank, upstage Concept:neglect/ignoring
- squeeze Function:verb Definition:extort Synonyms:bleed, eke out, extract, gouge, juice, lean on, milk, oppress, pinch, pressure, pressurize, scratch, screw, shake down, wrench, wrest, wring Concept:lawlessness
- strain Function:verb Definition:work hard Synonyms:bear down, dig, endeavor, exert, grind, hammer away, hassle, hump, hustle, labor, moil, peg away, plug, push, scratch, strive, struggle, sweat, toll, try, tug Concept:attempting struggle
Function:verb Definition:labor Synonyms:assay, attempt, cope, dig, endeavor, exert oneself, grind, hassle, hustle, offer, plug, plug away, scratch, seek, slave, strain, strive, sweat, tackle, take on, toil, try, undertake, work Concept:attempting
- tablet Function:noun Definition:papers Synonyms:book, folder, memo pad, pad, quire, ream, scratch, scratch pad, sheets Concept:merchandise
- tear Function:verb Definition:cut Synonyms:break, claw, cleave, crack, damage, divide, evulse, extract, fray, frazzle, gash, grab, impair, incise, injure, lacerate, mangle, mutilate, pluck, pull, pull apart, rend, ribbon, rift, rip, rive, run, rupture, rupture, scratch, seize, separate, sever, shred, slash, slit, snatch, split, sunder, wrench, wrest, yank Concept:cutting
- tear Function:noun Definition:cut Synonyms:breach, break, crack, damage, fissure, gash, hole, imperfection, laceration, mutilation, rent, rip, run, rupture, scratch, split, tatter Concept:cutting
- terminate Function:verb Definition:stop Synonyms:abolish, abort, achieve, adjourn, annul, ax, boot, bounce, bound, cancel, cashier, cease, close, complete, conclude, confine, cut off, define, desist, determine, discharge, discontinue, dismiss, dissolve, drop, eliminate, end, expire, extinguish, finish, fire, halt, issue, kick out, lapse, limit, nuke, perfect, prorogate, prorogue, recess, restrict, result, run out, sack, scratch, scrub, tether, ultimate, wind down, wind up, wrap, wrap up Concept:stopping
- touch Function:noun Definition:contact Synonyms:blow, brush, caress, collision, communication, contact, contingence, crash, cuddling, embrace, feel, feeling, fondling, graze, grope, handling, hit, hug, impact, junction, kiss, licking, manipulation, nudge, palpation, pat, peck, perception, percussion, petting, push, rub, rubbing, scratch, shock, stroke, stroking, tactility, taction, tap, taste, touching Concept:touch
- work Function:verb Definition:be employed Synonyms:apply oneself, buck, buckle down, carry on, dig, do business, do time, dog it, drive, drudge, hustle, knuckle down, labor, manage, moil, moonlight, peg away, plug, plug away, ply, pursue, report, scratch, slave, slave, slog, specialize, strain, strive, sweat, sweat, take on, toil, try Concept:business action
- wound Function:verb Definition:hurt Synonyms:boo-boo, bruise, bung, carve, clip, contuse, cut, damage, ding, gash, harm, hit, hurt, injure, irritate, lacerate, nick, open up, ouch, pierce, rough up, scrape, scratch, slash, slice, stick, total Concept:injury/pain
- zero Function:noun Definition:nothing Synonyms:aught, blank, bottom, cipher, duck egg, goose egg, insignificancy, love, lowest point, nada, nadir, naught, nil, nix, nobody, nonentity, nothing, nothing, nought, nullity, oblivion, ought, rock bottom, scratch, shutout, void, zilch, zip, zip, zot Concept:quantity (number)