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Meaning of SCAB

Pronunciation:  skab

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the crustlike surface of a healing skin lesion
  2. [n]  someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike
  3. [v]  form a scab; of wounds
  4. [v]  take the place of work of someone on strike

SCAB is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: blackleg, blackleg, cicatrise, cicatrize, rat, rat, scab over, strikebreaker
 See Also: cutis, do work, eschar, heal, skin, solid body substance, tegument, work, worker



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Scab\, n. (Bot.)
    Any one of various more or less destructive fungus diseases
    attacking cultivated plants, and usually forming dark-colored
    crustlike spots.
  2. \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
    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]
  3. \Scab\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Scabbed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To become covered with a scab; as, the wound scabbed over.