Definition of scab
1 : scabies of domestic animals
2 : a crust of hardened blood and serum over a wound
3a : a contemptible personb (1) : a worker who refuses to join a labor union (2) : a union member who refuses to strike or returns to work before a strike has ended (3) : a worker who accepts employment or replaces a union worker during a strike (4) : one who works for less than union wages or on nonunion terms
4 : any of various bacterial or fungus diseases of plants characterized by crustaceous spots; also : one of the spots
Recent Examples of scab from the Web
Her dad said her only complaint over the next couple of days was itching on her head, where the scab was.
Who wants to see a play that yanks the scab from unhealed wounds?
Frank Keller, of Keller Farms in Naperville, said his staff is always on the lookout for cedar apple rust and apple scab.
Any time Bush succeeds, however, the Tufano’s scabs trickle crimson anew.
Emberton writes, soldiers would try to use the pus and scabs of their sick comrades to self-inoculate.
For some in Miami, the film may seem a bit like picking at a scab that hasn’t healed quite right.
If there were no scabs, the union believed its members would be understood as irreplaceable.
The walls of these canyons remind me of lacerated skin where the scab was torn off.
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Definition of scab
1 : to become covered with a scab
2 : to act as a scab
First Known Use of scab
SCAB Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of scab for English Language Learners
: a hard covering of dried blood that forms over a wound to cover and protect it as it heals
: a worker who does not join a strike or who takes the place of another worker who is on strike
SCAB Defined for Kids
Definition of scab for Students
: a crust mostly of hardened blood that forms over and protects a sore or wound as it heals
Medical Definition of scab
: to become covered with a scab the wound scabbed over
Legal Definition of scab
1 : a worker who refuses to join a labor union
2 : a union member who refuses to strike or returns to work before a strike has ended
3 : a worker who accepts employment or replaces a union worker during a strike : strike breaker
4 : one who works for less than union wages or on nonunion terms
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