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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
scrap1 /skræp/USA pronunciation   n., adj., v.,  scrapped, scrap•ping. 
n. 
  1. a small piece or portion;
    fragment:[countable]a scrap of paper.
  2. scraps, [plural] bits of food, esp. of leftover food:Feed the dogs scraps.
  3. material that has been thrown away or left over and can be reused:[uncountable]heaps of scrap to be carted away.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. made up of scraps or scrap:scrap metal.
  2. thrown away or left over.

v. [+ object]
  1. to make into scrap;
    break up.
  2. to throw away or abandon as useless:scrapped our plans to remodel.

scrap2 /skræp/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  scrapped, scrap•ping. [Informal.]
n. [countable]
  1. a fight or quarrel.

v. [no object]
  1. to fight or quarrel.
scrap•per, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
scrap1  (skrap),USA pronunciation n., adj., v.,  scrapped, scrap•ping. 
n. 
  1. a small piece or portion;
    fragment:a scrap of paper.
  2. scraps: 
    • bits or pieces of food, esp. of leftover or discarded food.
    • the remains of animal fat after the oil has been tried out.
  3. a detached piece of something written or printed:scraps of poetry.
  4. an old, discarded, or rejected item or substance for use in reprocessing or as raw material, as old metal that can be melted and reworked.
  5. chips, cuttings, fragments, or other small pieces of raw material removed, cut away, flaked off, etc., in the process of making or manufacturing an item.

adj. 
  1. consisting of scraps or fragments.
  2. existing in the form of fragments or remnants of use only for reworking, as metal.
  3. discarded or left over.

v.t. 
  1. to make into scraps or scrap;
    break up:to scrap old cars.
  2. to discard as useless, worthless, or ineffective:He urged that we scrap the old method of teaching mathematics.
scrapping•ly, adv. 
  • Old Norse skrap, derivative of skrapa to scrape
  • Middle English scrappe (noun, nominal) 1350–1400

scrap2  (skrap),USA pronunciation n., v.i.,  scrapped, scrap•ping. [Informal.]
n. 
  1. a fight or quarrel:She got into a scrap with her in-laws.

v.i. 
  1. to engage in a fight or quarrel.
  • variant of scrape 1670–80


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

scrap /skræp/ n
  1. a small piece of something larger; fragment
  2. an extract from something written
  3. waste material or used articles, esp metal, often collected and reprocessed
  4. (as modifier): scrap iron
  5. (plural) pieces of discarded food
vb (scraps, scrapping, scrapped)(transitive)
  1. to discard as useless
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old Norse skrap; see scrape
scrap /skræp/ informal n
  1. a fight or argument
vb (scraps, scrapping, scrapped)
  1. (intransitive) to quarrel or fight
Etymology: 17th Century: perhaps from scrape



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