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Scab definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SCAB, n. [L. scabbies, scaber, rough.]
1. An encrusted substance, dry and rough, formed over a sore in healing.
2. The itch or mange in horses; a disease of sheep.
3. A mean, dirty paltry fellow. [Low.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike [syn: scab, strikebreaker, blackleg, rat]
2: the crustlike surface of a healing skin lesion v
1: form a scab; "the wounds will eventually scab"
2: take the place of work of someone on strike [syn: fink, scab, rat, blackleg]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Swedish skabbr scab; akin to Old English sceabb scab, Latin scabere to scratch more at shave Date: 13th century 1. scabies of domestic animals 2. a crust of hardened blood and serum over a wound 3. a. a contemptible person b. (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 II. intransitive verb (scabbed; scabbing) Date: 1683 1. to become covered with a scab 2. to act as a scab

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a dry rough crust formed over a cut, sore, etc. in healing. 2 (often attrib.) colloq. derog. a person who refuses to strike or join a trade union, or who tries to break a strike by working; a blackleg. 3 the mange or a similar skin disease esp. in animals. 4 a fungous plant-disease causing scablike roughness. 5 a dislikeable person. --v.intr. (scabbed, scabbing) 1 act as a scab. 2 (of a wound etc.) form a scab; heal over. Derivatives: scabbed adj. scabby adj. (scabbier, scabbiest). scabbiness n. scablike adj. Etymology: ME f. ON skabbr (unrecorded), corresp. to OE sceabb

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Scab Scab, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Scabbed; p. pr. & vb. n. Scabbing.] To become covered with a scab; as, the wound scabbed over.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Scab Scab (sk[a^]b), n. [OE. scab, scabbe, shabbe; cf. AS. sc[ae]b, sceabb, scebb, Dan. & Sw. skab, and also L. scabies, fr. scabere to scratch, akin to E. shave. See Shave, and cf. Shab, Shabby.] 1. An incrustation over a sore, wound, vesicle, or pustule, formed by the drying up of the discharge from the diseased part. 2. The itch in man; also, the scurvy. [Colloq. or Obs.] 3. The mange, esp. when it appears on sheep. --Chaucer. 4. A disease of potatoes producing pits in their surface, caused by a minute fungus (Tiburcinia Scabies). 5. (Founding) A slight irregular protuberance which defaces the surface of a casting, caused by the breaking away of a part of the mold. 6. A mean, dirty, paltry fellow. [Low] --Shak. 7. A nickname for a workman who engages for lower wages than are fixed by the trades unions; also, for one who takes the place of a workman on a strike. [Cant]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Scab Scab, n. (Bot.) Any one of various more or less destructive fungus diseases attacking cultivated plants, and usually forming dark-colored crustlike spots.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(scabs) 1. A scab is a hard, dry covering that forms over the surface of a wound. The area can be very painful until scabs form after about ten days. N-COUNT 2. People who continue to work during a strike are called scabs by the people who are on strike. He hired scabs to replace strikers. N-COUNT [disapproval] Scab is also an adjective. The mill was started up with scab labor. ADJ: ADJ n

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

A worthless man or woman.

Moby Thesaurus

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