scab

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scab form a scab "the wounds will eventually scab"
    • v scab take the place of work of someone on strike
    • n scab the crustlike surface of a healing skin lesion
    • n scab someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scab A disease of potatoes producing pits in their surface, caused by a minute fungus (Tiburcinia Scabies).
    • Scab A mean, dirty, paltry fellow.
    • Scab 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.
    • Scab (Founding) A slight irregular protuberance which defaces the surface of a casting, caused by the breaking away of a part of the mold.
    • Scab An incrustation over a sore, wound, vesicle, or pustule, formed by the drying up of the discharge from the diseased part.
    • Scab (Bot) Any one of various more or less destructive fungus diseases attacking cultivated plants, and usually forming dark-colored crustlike spots.
    • Scab The itch in man; also, the scurvy.
    • Scab The mange, esp. when it appears on sheep.
    • Scab To become covered with a scab; as, the wound scabbed over.
    • Scab to take the place of a striking worker.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scab An incrusted substance, dry and rough, formed over a sore in healing.
    • n scab The mange, or some mangy disease caused by the presence of a parasite, as an itch-insect; scabies.
    • n scab A mean, paltry, or shabby fellow: a term of contempt.
    • n scab Specifically, in recent use, a workman who is not or refuses to become a member of a labor-union, who refuses to join in a strike, or who takes the place of a striker: an opprobrious term used by the workmen or others who dislike his action.
    • n scab In botany, a fungous disease affecting various fruits, especially apples and pears, in which a black mold appears, often distorting or destroying the fruit. It is usually followed by a brown scablike appearance, whence the name. The fungus producing the disease in apples and pears is Fusicladium dendriticum. The orange-leaf scab is produced by a species of Cladosporium. See Fusicladium.
    • n scab In founding, any projection on a casting caused by a defect in the sand-mold.
    • scab Having to do with “scabs,” or made by them: used opprobriously: as, scab mills; scab labor; scab shoes.
    • scab To form a scab or scabby incrustation; become covered with a scab or scabs; specifically, to heal over; cicatrize; repair solution of continuity of a surface by the formation of a new skin or cicatrix.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scab skab a crust formed over a sore: a disease of sheep resembling the mange: a disease of potatoes, or a fungous disease of apples, &c.: a mean fellow: a workman who refuses to join a trades-union or to take part in a strike, or who takes the place of a man out on strike
    • v.i Scab to heal over, to cicatrise: to form a new surface by encrustation
    • n Scab (print.) a scale-board
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Quotations

  • Sir Henry Wotton
    Sir Henry Wotton
    “The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. scab, scabbe, shabbe,; cf. AS. scæb, sceabb, scebb, Dan. & Sw. skab, and also L. scabies, fr. scabere, to scratch, akin to E. shave,. See Shave, and cf. Shab Shabby

Usage

In literature:

St. Maine, against the scab.
"Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing" by George Barton Cutten
We called out our men and they put in scab carpenters.
"The Music Master" by Charles Klein
These women are selling below the market, or scabbing on the job.
"Women As Sex Vendors" by R. B. Tobias
They would be turned loose on the range near his claim, and they would be found before the scabs had haired over.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
A crop of vesicles forms and, after bursting, these leave dry scabs.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
The feeling was like a scab Simon knew he should not pick but could not let alone.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Pustules scabbing on face.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
If you don't make it they will scab the mine.
"The Plunderer" by Roy Norton
Threats against "scabs" were shouted out, the word "scab" arose on every side.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
It'll take some new kind of scabs to work in these brats.
"Our Next-Door Neighbors" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
The blistered surface should then be smeared with lard or vaseline every other day until the scabs fall off.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Patsy had been expelled from the Brotherhood for aiding a scab.
"Snow on the Headlight" by Cy Warman
And I think some of that coating has broken away in a couple spots, and they are like scabs on the sores, only they aren't hard.
"The Right Time" by Walter Bupp
I think the Kaiser is the world's greatest scab.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
My vaccination was not a success; very little inflammation and a small scab being the only evidences.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
We propose to run every scab out of the country.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
Pryor's Red, ripens unevenly, and is affected with scab.
"The Apple" by Various
Scabs, gunmen, injunctions, and violence followed.
"The Everett massacre" by Walker C. Smith
And not kill the scab whose own non-union thirst would prolong theirs?
"H. R." by Edwin Lefevre
So we dreamed an hour upon Those warm rocks, dry, lichen-scabbed.
"Accolon of Gaul" by Madison J. Cawein
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In poetry:

Don't cry, do not purse your lips up,
They're puffy as it is, dear.
Mind you don't break the drying scab
Of smouldering spring fever.
"Confession" by Boris Pasternak
Let's brush our hair before we go to bed,
I say to the old friend who lives in my mirror.
I remember how I'd brush my mother's hair
Before she bobbed it. How long has it been
Since I hit my funnybone? had a scab on my knee?
"The Player Piano" by Randall Jarrell
My soul looked down from a vague height with Death,
As unremembering how I rose or why,
And saw a sad land, weak with sweats of dearth,
Gray, cratered like the moon with hollow woe,
And fitted with great pocks and scabs of plaques.
"The Show" by Wilfred Owen
The sore that opened when I saw you wear
Misfortune like a flower—may it smart
Anew each changeful weather of my soul
To hurt me in my querulous ease and tear
The scabs from memory, from mind and heart,
Because I need such wounds to keep me whole.
"The Grace of Remembrance " by Vassar Miller

In news:

Who would want a scabbed, stinky German shepherd abandoned by its owner.
Wheat Planted in Corn Stubble at Risk For Head Scab.
Scab Janitors Sought on Craigslist.
Wheat Planted in Corn Stubble at Risk For Head Scab .
The Houston Texans, scab refs and more.
Scab refs booed in Packers scrimmage.
"I will be very surprised if there are not games played with scabs or replacement officials," the person said Tuesday.
Fall urea applications can subdue apple scab .
A program for scab control.
More Wheat Varieties Resistant To Head Scab Available.
Unions, community agree: 'Don't buy scab Stella D'oro cookies'.
Fall urea applications can subdue apple scab.
"Hey scab," one pilot said on the voice mail of a union officer.
Wheat Scab Initiative funding partially restored.
These scab NFL officials have not earned stripes.
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In science:

Geometries that are almost buildings” (GABs) and ”Chamber system that are almost buildings” (SCABs) were introduced by Tits in [Tit81] (other names for those are ”geometries of type M” and ”chamber systems of type M”).
Two approaches towards property (T) for groups acting on simplicial complexes
GAB and SCABs can be viewed as finite n-dimensional simplicial complexes whose links of codimension 2 are generalized polygons (exact definition of GABs and SCABs can be found in [Ros86] and in [Tit81]).
Two approaches towards property (T) for groups acting on simplicial complexes
Below we introduce three examples of GABs and SCABs given in [Kan81] and in [Ros86], whose universal cover are an exotic affine buildings (i.e. affine building that do not arise from a local field) and whose fundamental groups acts on those buildings.
Two approaches towards property (T) for groups acting on simplicial complexes
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