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

Our leaders of tomorrow have to think about taking over the world, not dry skin and scalp. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "12 Items For The First Time College Student's Skin And Hair Toolkit," 9 Aug. 2019 Use hats to protect your scalp and face from the heat. Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com, "5 ways to take care of your health in extreme heat," 18 July 2019 This yeast that causes dandruff, malassezia furfur, thrives on oily scalps. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "6 Ways Working Out Affects Your Skin," 27 July 2018 The governor of Minnesota put a bounty on the scalps of every Dakota man, woman, and child. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Treaties Between the United States and Indigenous Nations, Explained," 24 Feb. 2018 As its Latin name pediculus humanus capitis suggests, lice feed solely on the scalps of humans. Mariko Zapf, Good Housekeeping, "This 3-Step Natural Head Lice Remedy Works For My Family Every Time," 15 Aug. 2017 Three of the panels are at issue: one showing Washington’s slaves at Mount Vernon, another showing a Native American with a scalp dangling from his waist, and a third showing a dead Native American at Washington’s feet. Carol Pogash, New York Times, "San Francisco School Board Votes to Hide, but Not Destroy, Disputed Murals," 14 Aug. 2019 How about a dry shampoo that's proven to reduce a scalp's oil production over time? Vogue, "10 New Beauty Products We’re Buying This Month," 1 Aug. 2019 But the average for a normal scalp is ideally one to three washes per week (not my previously-standard seven washes). Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "This Dry Shampoo Is So Powerful, It Keeps My Hair Looking Clean for 4 Days Straight," 26 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One of his most memorable moments with the Hoops came in the club's 2-1 win over Barcelona at Parkhead, in which Forster scooped the man-of-the-match award to hand the Bhoys one of their greatest Champions League scalps. SI.com, "Fraser Forster Nears Celtic Return After Undergoing Medical Ahead of Southampton Departure," 22 Aug. 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. 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

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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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