scalp

noun
\ ˈskalp How to pronounce scalp (audio) \

Definition of scalp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the part of the integument of the human head usually covered with hair in both sexes
b : the part of an animal (such as a wolf or fox) corresponding to the human scalp
2a : a part of the human scalp with attached hair cut or torn from an enemy as a token of victory
b : a trophy of victory or accomplishment
3 chiefly Scotland : a projecting mass of bare ground or rock

scalp

verb
scalped; scalping; scalps

Definition of scalp (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to deprive of the scalp
b : to remove an upper part from
2 : to remove a desired constituent from and discard the rest
3 : to buy and sell so as to make small quick profits scalp stocks scalp grain especially : to resell at greatly increased prices scalp theater tickets

intransitive verb

1 : to take scalps
2 : to profit by slight market fluctuations

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Other Words from scalp

Verb

scalper noun

Examples of scalp in a Sentence

Verb

Some members of the tribe were scalped by the attacking warriors.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Healed scars in the left thigh and leg Color of hair: brown scalp hair and mustache (dyed black) Color of Iris: brown Color of Sclera: gray The hair and eyes also correspond with his driver’s license. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "John Dillinger's last meal included red peppers. What we know about the outlaw's autopsy and burial.," 2 Aug. 2019 Garage has thick dark hair that is usually shaved about half an inch from his scalp. Los Angeles Times, "Column One: He’d been kept alive with tubes for nearly 17 years. Who is he, and is it possible he’s conscious?," 1 Aug. 2019 Options include a full body massage with bonus foot and scalp massage for $99 at The Spa at Lago Mar Beach Resort & Club in Fort Lauderdale. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Relax, dine and save: South Florida spa and restaurant deals run through Sept. 30 | Doreen’s Deals," 1 Aug. 2019 Rhonda had hair going straight up from her scalp and an animated style of talking. Ted Conover, Harper's magazine, "The Last Frontier," 22 July 2019 Chelsea, on the other hand, have had mixed success under new manager Frank Lampard thus far, but do come off the back of an impressive 2-1 victory over Barcelona - always an admirable scalp, even in a pre-season friendly. SI.com, "Red Bull Salzburg vs Chelsea Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 30 July 2019 Basically, the red, scaly patches are a result of your skin growing too quickly and piling on the surface—and in typical psoriasis, this only really happens on the scalp, elbows, or knees. Lambeth Hochwald, Health.com, "What Is Erythrodermic Psoriasis? Dermatologists Explain The Severe Skin Condition," 23 July 2019 The charges claim Sears left a gash in Manuel’s scalp, along with a bloody nose and facial bruising. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "Man charged with murder in Togiak shooting claims self-defense," 20 July 2019 Yet what caught the most attention was Berry's intricately shaved lower scalp, creatively carved by expert hairstylist Sara Seward. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Halle Berry Reveals a Radical New Buzzcut on the Red Carpet," 16 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Japan passed a law last month that prohibits ticket scalping with the penalty of a 1 million yen ($9,100) fine and a one-year jail term — or both. Washington Post, "Got a Tokyo Olympics ticket? Unrivaled demand causes turmoil," 4 July 2019 Japan passed a law last month that prohibits ticket scalping with a 1 million yen ($9,100) fine and a one-year jail term — or both. Stephen Wade, baltimoresun.com, "Tokyo Olympics offer 'second-chance' lottery for Japan fans," 5 July 2019 Japan passed a law last month that prohibits ticket scalping with the penalty of a 1 million yen ($9,100) fine and a one-year jail term — or both. Fox News, "Got a Tokyo Olympics ticket? Unrivaled demand causes turmoil," 5 July 2019 The body, lying on its back, had been scalped, with an ear cut off. Patrick Springer / Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Along with Custer, a Pioneer Press contributor met his end 143 years ago at Battle of the Little Bighorn," 6 July 2019 Mower blades set at four inches will not scalp the lawn. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Shelter donations," 8 June 2019 His narrative — authored with a ghost writer and under the name James Roberts — describes Robinson scalping Indians and taking part in skirmishes on the Eastern Shore. Washington Post, "Twice denied the freedom he’d fought for, a black Revolutionary War hero from Maryland is honored at last," 24 June 2019 His narrative — authored with a ghost writer and under the name James Roberts — describes Robinson scalping Indians and taking part in skirmishes on the Eastern Shore. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Twice denied the freedom he'd earned, black Revolutionary War hero from Maryland to be honored at last," 21 June 2019 The report also concluded the officers did not racially profile two black men accused of scalping tickets to a Loyola Ramblers' basketball game. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Loyola clears campus police of using excessive force against students of color in viral video," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of scalp

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1676, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for scalp

Noun

Middle English, crown of the head, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skālpr sheath; akin to Middle Dutch schelpe shell

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scalper

noun

Financial Definition of scalper

What It Is

The term scalpers refers to securities traders who manipulate the market.  Scalpers may also refer to traders who earn relatively small amounts of money from the arbitrage between bid prices and ask prices on securities.

How It Works

In the case of market manipulation, scalpers may buy a security, then recommend the security to investors and take a profit on the difference between their price and the sales price once the market demand raises the price.

Scalpers may also act as market makers, making a spread between the bid price and the ask price of a security.  The role of market makers is to provide liquidity in the trading of securities, taking bids and settling on prices.  The profits are realized from the difference between the ask price and the bid price on a security.  The arbitrage gain on these spreads is usually small and short-term.

Why It Matters

Scalping to profit from the increase in the price of a security as a result of manipulating the market is a fraud under the Investment Advisors Act of 1940.  The prohibition applies to registered and unregistered investment advisors.

The scalper's business actually overlaps and competes with the designated market maker.   However, because the market maker is usually designated by the exchange and has specific, proprietary information about the security, and has substantial capital resources, the general scalper is at a disadvantage.

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scalp

verb

Financial Definition of scalp

What It Is

Scalping is a form of day trading that involves earning small profits on large volumes of securities.

How It Works

A day trader is a very active securities trader who holds securities for a very short time (generally one day or less). If a day trader wants to scalp, he or she would buy and sell shares when there are small changes in the stock price. For example, if the price of Company XYZ rises from $41.50 to $41.55, the difference is only a nickel. To most investors, that's not a compelling change, but scalpers capitalize on this by buying 100,000 shares at $41.50 and selling at $41.55 for a profit of $5,000. If this price change takes place in the course of just one trading day, which is entirely possible, the trader can make $5,000 in a day. Often, the price changes are even smaller than $0.05 a share for scalpers to profit.

Why It Matters

Scalpers execute most of their transactions online, and it is important to note that the number of trades influences the amount of brokerage commissions paid. Some day traders avoid using market makers or brokers by purchasing memberships in direct-access broker systems. These systems send orders to an electronic communications network (ECN), which is a computerized matching system that allows traders to advertise bid or ask prices and execute trades.

Day trading requires analytical skills and discipline, and many people have made day trading a career. However, day trading is exceptionally speculative and therefore requires considerable financial and emotional stamina to withstand substantial risk.

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scalp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scalp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the skin on the top of your head where hair grows
: hair and skin that is cut or torn from the head of an enemy as a sign of victory

scalp

verb

English Language Learners Definition of scalp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to remove the hair and skin from the head of (an enemy) as a sign of victory
US : to buy tickets for an event and resell them at a much higher price

scalp

noun
\ ˈskalp How to pronounce scalp (audio) \

Kids Definition of scalp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the part of the skin of the head usually covered with hair

scalp

verb
scalped; scalping

Kids Definition of scalp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to remove the scalp from

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scalp

noun
\ ˈskalp How to pronounce scalp (audio) \

Medical Definition of scalp

: the part of the integument of the head usually covered with hair in both sexes

Legal Definition of scalp

: to buy and sell so as to make small quick profits scalp stocks especially : to resell at greatly increased prices

intransitive verb

: to profit by slight market fluctuations

Other Words from scalp

scalper noun

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