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scrap

noun, often attributive \ ˈskrap \

Definition of scrap

1 scraps plural :fragments of discarded or leftover food
2 a :a small detached piece
  • a scrap of paper
b :a fragment of something written, printed, or spoken
  • scraps of conversation
c :the least bit
  • not a scrap of evidence
3 scraps plural :cracklings
4 a :fragments of stock removed in manufacturing
b :manufactured articles or parts rejected or discarded and useful only as material for reprocessing; especially :waste and discarded metal

Origin and Etymology of scrap

Middle English, from Old Norse skrap scraps; akin to Old Norse skrapa to scrape


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scrap

verb

Definition of scrap

scrapped; scrapping
transitive verb
1 :to convert into scrap
2 :to abandon or get rid of as no longer of enough worth or effectiveness to retain
  • scrap outworn methods

First Known Use of scrap

circa 1891

Synonym Discussion of scrap

discard, cast, shed, slough, scrap, junk mean to get rid of. discard implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless.
    • discard old clothes
cast, especially when used with off, away, or out, implies a forceful rejection or repudiation.
    • cast off her friends
shed and slough imply a throwing off of something both useless and encumbering and often suggest a consequent renewal of vitality or luster.
    • shed a bad habit
    • finally sloughed off the depression
scrap and junk imply throwing away or breaking up as worthless in existent form.
    • scrap all the old ways
    • would junk our educational system

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scrap

noun

Definition of scrap

Origin and Etymology of scrap

origin unknown


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scrap

verb

Definition of scrap

scrapped; scrapping
intransitive verb

First Known Use of scrap

circa 1874



SCRAP Defined for Kids

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scrap

noun \ ˈskrap \

Definition of scrap for Students

1 :a small bit
  • a scrap of paper
  • a scrap of evidence
2 scraps plural :pieces of leftover food
3 :waste material (as metal) that can be made fit to use again

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scrap

verb

Definition of scrap for Students

scrapped; scrapping
:to abandon or throw away as worthless
  • We ran out of money and the project had to be scrapped.

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scrap

noun

Definition of scrap for Students



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