scablike

scab

[skab]
noun
1.
the incrustation that forms over a sore or wound during healing.
2.
Veterinary Pathology. a mangy disease in animals, especially sheep; scabies. Compare itch ( def 10 ).
3.
Plant Pathology.
a.
a disease of plants characterized by crustlike lesions on the affected parts and caused by a fungus or bacterium.
b.
one of these crustlike lesions.
4.
a worker who refuses to join a labor union or to participate in a union strike, who takes a striking worker's place on the job, or the like.
5.
Slang. a rascal or scoundrel.
6.
Metallurgy.
a.
a projection or roughness on an ingot or casting from a defective mold.
b.
a surface defect on an iron or steel piece resulting from the rolling in of scale.
7.
Carpentry. a short, flat piece of wood used for various purposes, as binding two timbers butted together or strengthening a timber at a weak spot.
verb (used without object), scabbed, scabbing.
8.
to become covered with a scab.
9.
to act or work as a scab.

Origin:
1200–50; 1800–10 for def 4; Middle English < Old Norse skabb scab, itch; cf. shabby, shave

scablike, adjective
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scab (skæb)
 
n
1.  the dried crusty surface of a healing skin wound or sore
2.  a contagious disease of sheep, a form of mange, caused by a mite (Psoroptes communis)
3.  a fungal disease of plants characterized by crusty spots on the fruits, leaves, etc
4.  derogatory
 a.  Also called: blackleg a person who refuses to support a trade union's actions, esp one who replaces a worker who is on strike
 b.  (as modifier): scab labour
5.  a despicable person
 
vb , scabs, scabbing, scabbed
6.  to become covered with a scab
7.  (of a road surface) to become loose so that potholes develop
8.  to replace a striking worker
 
[Old English sceabb; related to Old Norse skabb, Latin scabiēs, Middle Low German schabbe scoundrel, German schäbigshabby]
 
'scablike
 
adj

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scab
mid-13c., "skin disease," developed from O.E. sceabb "scab, itch" (related to scafan "to scratch") and from O.N. skabb "scab, itch," both from P.Gmc. *skab- "scratch, shave" (related to shabby). Sense reinforced by cognate L. scabies "scab, itch, mange" (from scabere "to scratch;" see
scabies). Meaning "crust which forms over a wound or sore" is first attested c.1400. Meaning "strikebreaker" first recorded 1806, from earlier sense of "person who refuses to join a trade union" (1777), probably from meaning "despicable person" (1580s), possibly borrowed in this sense from M.Du.
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Medical Dictionary

scab (skāb)
n.

  1. A crust formed from and covering a healing wound.

  2. scabies or mange in domestic animals or livestock, especially sheep.

v. scabbed, scab·bing, scabs
To become covered with scabs or a scab.
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scab   (skāb)  Pronunciation Key 
A crust that forms over a healing wound, consisting of dried blood, plasma, and other secretions.
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scab definition


Informally, a worker who stays on the job while others go on strike. Also, a worker brought in to keep a plant operating when its work force is on strike. (See strikebreaker.)

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