scud

1 [skuhd]
verb (used without object), scudded, scudding.
1.
to run or move quickly or hurriedly.
2.
Nautical. to run before a gale with little or no sail set.
3.
Archery. (of an arrow) to fly too high and wide of the mark.
noun
4.
the act of scudding.
5.
clouds, spray, or mist driven by the wind; a driving shower or gust of wind.
6.
low-drifting clouds appearing beneath a cloud from which precipitation is falling.

Origin:
1525–35; < Middle Low German schudden to shake

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scud

2 [skuhd]
verb (used with object), scudded, scudding.
1.
to cleanse (a trimmed and roughly depilated skin or hide) of remaining hairs or dirt.
noun
2.
the hairs or dirt removed by scudding.

Origin:
1635–45; perhaps to be identified with obsolete scud dirt < ?

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scud (skʌd)
 
vb , scuds, scudding, scudded
1.  (intr) (esp of clouds) to move along swiftly and smoothly
2.  (intr) nautical to run before a gale
3.  (Scot) (tr) to hit; slap
 
n
4.  the act of scudding
5.  meteorol
 a.  a formation of low fractostratus clouds driven by a strong wind beneath rain-bearing clouds
 b.  a sudden shower or gust of wind
6.  (Scot) a slap
 
[C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Norwegian skudda to thrust, Swedish skudda to shake]

Scud (skʌd)
 
n
informal a Soviet-made surface-to-surface missile, originally designed to carry nuclear warheads and with a range of 300 km; later modified to achieve greater range: used by Iraq in the Iran-Iraq War and in the Gulf Wars

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scud
"to move quickly," 1532, perhaps a variant of M.E. scut "rabbit, rabbit's tail," in reference to its movements, perhaps from O.N. skjota "to throw, shoot" (cf. Norw. skudda "to shove, push"), but there are phonetic difficulties. Perhaps rather from a N.Sea Gmc. source akin to M.L.G., M.Du. schudden "to
shake." The noun meaning "type of ballistic missile" is the NATO reporting name for a type of Soviet missile introduced in the 1960s.
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scud

any member of the invertebrate order Amphipoda (class Crustacea) inhabiting all parts of the sea, lakes, rivers, sand beaches, caves, and moist (warm) habitats on many tropical islands. Marine amphipods have been found at depths of more than 9,100 m (30,000 feet). Freshwater and marine beach species are commonly known as scuds; those that occupy sand beaches are called sand hoppers, or sand fleas (see sand flea). About 4,600 species have been described. Extraordinarily abundant in the rocky coastal regions of all seas and often exceeding densities of 10,000 per square m (1,000 per square foot), amphipods are often mistaken for tiny shrimp, which they resemble. They are important food for many fishes, invertebrates, penguins, shore birds, small cetaceans, and pinnipeds. Amphipods are also important as scavengers of carrion

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Example sentences
When conditions change, noisy pink clouds scud toward the next lake.
If you are lucky, you scud over a silvery, gently undulating sea.
Scud clouds hover over an old barn after a thunderstorm.
He gave a history of exposure to a scud missile beam up above his head.
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