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Noun: scratching  skra-ching
  1. A harsh noise made by scraping
    "the scratching of violin bows distracted her";
    - scrape, scraping, scratch
Verb: scratch  skrach
  1. Cause friction
    "my sweater scratches";
    - rub, fray, fret, chafe
  2. Cut the surface of; wear away the surface of
    - scrape, scratch up
  3. Scrape with the fingers as if to relieve itching
    "Don't scratch your insect bites!";
    - rub, itch
  4. Postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled
    "scratch that meeting--the chair is ill";
    - cancel, call off, scrub
  5. Remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
    "scratch that remark";
    - strike, expunge, excise
  6. Gather (money or other resources) together over time
    "they scratched a meagre living";
    - scrape, scrape up, come up
  7. Carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
    "the lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree";
    - engrave, grave [archaic], inscribe

Derived forms: scratchings

See also: scratch out

Type of: accumulate, adjoin, amass, cancel, carve, chip at, collect, compile, contact, delete, hoard, incise, irritate, meet, noise, pile up, roll up, touch

Encyclopedia: Scratching