itch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v itch have a strong desire or urge to do something "She is itching to start the project","He is spoiling for a fight"
    • v itch scrape or rub as if to relieve itching "Don't scratch your insect bites!"
    • v itch have or perceive an itch "I'm itching--the air is so dry!"
    • v itch cause to perceive an itch "his skin itched"
    • n itch an irritating cutaneous sensation that produces a desire to scratch
    • n itch a strong restless desire "why this urge to travel?"
    • n itch a contagious skin infection caused by the itch mite; characterized by persistent itching and skin irritation "he has a bad case of the itch"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The itch from a mosquito bite can be soothed by cutting open a clove of garlic and rubbing it on the bite
    • Itch A constant irritating desire. "An itch of being thought a divine king."
    • Itch A sensation in the skin occasioned (or resembling that occasioned) by the itch eruption; -- called also scabies psora, etc.
    • Itch (Med) An eruption of small, isolated, acuminated vesicles, produced by the entrance of a parasitic mite (the Sarcoptes scabei), and attended with itching. It is transmissible by contact.
    • Itch Any itching eruption.
    • Itch To have a constant desire or teasing uneasiness; to long for; as, itching ears. "An itching palm."
    • Itch To have an uneasy sensation in the skin, which inclines the person to scratch the part affected. "My mouth hath itched all this long day."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Tarantulas have retractable claws like cats and the hairs on their abdomen and back legs can stick into an enemy and itch. They also get bald on their thorax when they get old. Thanx Laura
    • itch To feel a peculiar irritation or tingling of the skin, producing an inclination to scratch the part so affected.
    • itch Hence To experience a provoking, teasing, or tingling desire to do or to get something.
    • n itch A tingling sensation of irritation in the skin, produced by disease (see def. 2) or in any other way.
    • n itch An inflammation of the human skin, caused by the presence of a minute mite, Sarcoptes scabiei (see itch-mite), presenting papules, vesicles, and pustules, and accompanied with great itching; scabies.
    • n itch Hence An uneasy longing or propensity; a teasing or tingling desire: as, an itch for praise; an itch for scribbling.
    • n itch See the qualifying words.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason most mosquito bites itch is because mosquitoes inject saliva into the persons skin before they suck your blood. They take it out once they are done, but if they are forced to fly away, they don't get a chance to draw the saliva out. And it is their saliva that causes the itch.
    • n Itch ich an uneasy, irritating sensation in the skin: an eruptive disease in the skin, caused by a parasitic animal: a constant teasing desire
    • v.i Itch to have an uneasy, irritating sensation in the skin: to have a constant, teasing desire
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Quotations

  • Ernest Bramah
    Ernest Bramah
    “One learns to itch where one can scratch.”
  • Sir Henry Wotton
    Sir Henry Wotton
    “The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.”
  • Susan Sontag
    Susan%20Sontag
    “In good films, there is always a directness that entirely frees us from the itch to interpret.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The difference between an itch and an allergy is about one hundred bucks.”
  • Gilda Radner
    Gilda Radner
    “I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn't itch.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself are much condemned to have an itching palm.”

Idioms

Itch to - If you are itching to do something, you are very eager to do it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. icchen, ȝicchen, AS. giccan,; akin to D. jeuken, joken, G. jucken, OHG. jucchen,

Usage

In literature:

Their little feet were already itching to dance away, and their white dresses fluttered like wings.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
Their grimy hands itched for a touch of that flying girlish figure.
"Triple Spies" by Roy J. Snell
You have blisters all over you and they itch so you can hardly stand it.
"The Adventure Club Afloat" by Ralph Henry Barbour
The itch for building is predominant: we dip our fingers into mortar almost as soon as into business.
"An History of Birmingham (1783)" by William Hutton
It appeared that Number One was itching to be at it.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152. January 17, 1917" by Various
I hope you haven't come to tell me there's been any 'itch.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
His fingers itched to grasp the dice and try his luck.
"Partners of Chance" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
The sulphur bath is a good remedy for itch or any other kind of skin diseases.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
The sight made my fingers itch to strangle that gray-eyed cheat.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
Besides, her trained woman's hands itched to restore order out of masculine chaos.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
My fingers itch to be at the guitar.
"The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes" by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
He caught up the revolver, and his fingers itched at the trigger.
"Mavericks" by William MacLeod Raine
He itched for assault and battery, and his heart clamoured to be clean in his breast again.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
You swaggering fellow, is your hide A third time itching to be tried?
"Faust" by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Spendin' money breeds the itch for spendin' more.
"Ruth Fielding in Moving Pictures" by Alice Emerson
However it may be with his theory, the one moral disease is not an itching palm.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I, No. V, May, 1862" by Various
Again Jenks experienced an itching desire to send a bullet through the Dyak's head; again he resisted the impulse.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
The hairs of the fruits of Engelhardtia create a disagreeable itching.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Hi, there, Bill, you seven years' itch of a scoundrel, take my horse to the stable.
"An Arkansas Planter" by Opie Percival Read
The boy itched for an excuse to make the girl speak to him, even look at him.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
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In poetry:

He, in his shrunken britches,
Eyes rimmed with pickle dust,
Prickling with all the itches
Of sixteen-year-old lust.
"Pickle Belt" by Theodore Roethke
But who his bold resolves can trust?
Man's born to wish, and wish he must:
Pride is the itch, sets nails a scratching;
And, like the itch, is just as catching.
"Thirteen Wishes" by William Hutton
Oh, I have to be so very sure,
No later than last night,
That I had pinned the knave secure,
And I was free to write
Those mighty masterpieces which
To pen my fingers ever itch.
"The Corpse That Won't Lie Still" by C J Dennis
While all to listen did not fail,
Th' unfolding of a curious tale;
And strong desire was on the itch,
Was strung up to the highest pitch.
George thought the scene should not enlarge,
Then pleaded guilty to the charge.
"The Jealous Head" by William Hutton
Seems that 'is coat got 'itched up on a nail.
'E jerks it free an' gently comes to earth.
"Peter the 'ermit's 'ome!" I sez. "All 'ail!"
An' makes punk noises indicatin' mirth.
The parson, 'e walks on, as still as death.
Seems out o' breath.
"'Ave a 'eart!" by C J Dennis
"Then the waitin', weary waitin', while we itched to meet the foe!
But we'd done wiv fancy skitin' an' the comic op'ra show.
We wus soljers - finished soljers, an' we felt it in our veins
On the day we trod the desert on ole Egyp's sandy plains.
"Sari Bair" by C J Dennis

In news:

Bug bites Roger Clemens, so he's scratching the itch .
So the scratching begins, which interrupts the itching sensation because it tells your brain the irritant is gone.
There are some things you can do to help reduce itching and soothe irritated skin.
With an Obama victory, Wall Street pivots to plan B. Israel's Iran Itch .
OPINION Scratch the itch .
'Swimmers itch ' reported at Pyramid Lake.
When my alarm went off, my foot was itching like CRAZY and it's been a little distracting today.
Is There A Police Career 7 Year Itch .
Mosquito-control business scratches this entrepreneur's itch .
If the seventh year of marriage is stereotyped as the year that couples get the " itch " to stray, then the anniversary we celebrated this week might be our double- itch anniversary.
Pop Culture's 40-Year Itch .
The itch that riles Frontera author Denise Chavez.
Creighton's 10-year itch is over.
Even Poison Ivy Couldn't Take the Itch Out of this Romance.
An Rx to Treat the Travel Itch .
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In science:

Define a switching as before. A lax linking is a lax leaf function satisfying the linking criterion, i.e., conditions (1) MATCH ING and (2) SW ITCH ING on page 9.
Simple free star-autonomous categories and full coherence
The SW ITCH ING condition is a simple corollary of the unit-free theorem [Gue99, MO00]: the function f determines a standard unit-free proof structure bf on bΓ, as follows.
Simple multiplicative proof nets with units
We may assume every positive leaf has an incoming f -edge: every literal does, by MATCH ING; if the 1 of a subformula A ⊗ 1 doesn’t, replace A ⊗ 1 by A; if the 1 of A&1 doesn’t, SW ITCH ING fails.
Simple multiplicative proof nets with units
In particular, there are no more than gred,redn variables itching τ (x) for a single variable x can alter that have a “red/red ball” in the first place.
Catching the k-NAESAT Threshold
By now, I am sure you are itching to write your first program for the quantum computer.
New Trends in Quantum Computing
Electron ics and Telecommun icat ions , 56, 3( 2010) . The PIN D iode Circu it Des igner's Handbook, M icros emi-Watertown , 1998. [ 29 ] A i-Qun Liu , RF M EM S Sw itches and In teg rated Switch ing Circu its , Sp ringer, 2010. [ 30 ] A . Fathy, A .
Development for Hardware for Programming of Spatial Magnetic Field Distributions in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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