scotch

Definitions

  • Hop-Scotch
    Hop-Scotch
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj scotch avoiding waste "an economical meal","an economical shopper","a frugal farmer","a frugal lunch","a sparing father and a spending son","sparing in their use of heat and light","stinting in bestowing gifts","thrifty because they remember the great Depression","`scotch' is used only informally"
    • adj Scotch of or relating to or characteristic of Scotland or its people or culture or its English dialect or Gaelic language "Scots Gaelic","the Scots community in New York","`Scottish' tends to be the more formal term as in `The Scottish Symphony' or `Scottish authors' or `Scottish mountains'","`Scotch' is in disfavor with Scottish people and is used primarily outside Scotland except in such frozen phrases as `Scotch broth' or `Scotch whiskey' or `Scotch plaid'"
    • v scotch make a small cut or score into
    • v scotch hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge","foil your opponent"
    • n Scotch whiskey distilled in Scotland; especially whiskey made from malted barley in a pot still
    • n scotch a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Scotch Pine. Scotch Fir Scotch Pine. Scotch Fir

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you put a piece of scotch tape on an inflated balloon, then stick it with a small pin or needle, it won't pop.
    • n Scotch A chock, wedge, prop, or other support, to prevent slipping; as, a scotch for a wheel or a log on inclined ground.
    • n Scotch A slight cut or incision; a score.
    • Scotch Collectively, the people of Scotland.
    • a Scotch Of or pertaining to Scotland, its language, or its inhabitants; Scottish.
    • Scotch The dialect or dialects of English spoken by the people of Scotland.
    • v. t Scotch To cut superficially; to wound; to score. "We have scotched the snake, not killed it."
    • v. t Scotch To shoulder up; to prop or block with a wedge, chock, etc., as a wheel, to prevent its rolling or slipping.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ornithologists often use Scotch tape to cover cracks in the soft shells of fertilized pigeon eggs, allowing the eggs to hatch. Scotch tape has also been used as an anti-corrosive shield on the Goodyear Blimp.
    • scotch Same as Scottish. [The form Scotch, usual in England and the United States, is little used in Scotland, where either Scottish or Scots prevails, and where the preference for Scotsman instead of Scotchman is still more decided.]
    • n scotch Collectively, the people of Scotland. Also Scots, as plural of Scot.
    • n scotch The dialect or dialects of English spoken by the people of Scotland. Also Scots.
    • n scotch Scotch whisky.
    • scotch To scratch; score or mark with slight incisions; notch; hack. See scotching.
    • scotch To wound slightly.
    • scotch To dock; fine; amerce.
    • n scotch A slight cut or shallow incision; a scratch; a notch.
    • n scotch A line drawn on the ground, as in hop-scotch.
    • n scotch A prop or strut placed behind or before a wheel, to prevent its moving, or placed under a log to prevent it from rolling.
    • n scotch In well-boring, a slotted bar used to hold up the rod and tools while a section is being attached or detached from above.
    • scotch To prop or block, as the wheel of a coach or wagon, with a stone or other obstacle; hence, to put on the brake or drag to.
    • scotch To hold back.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Scotch skoch pertaining to Scotland, its people, language, customs, products, &c
    • Scotch also Scot′tish, Scots
    • n Scotch the dialect of English spoken in Lowland Scotland:
    • v.t Scotch skoch to cut or wound slightly: to notch
    • n Scotch a notch, scratch
    • n Scotch skoch a strut or drag for a wheel
    • v.t Scotch to prop or block with such
    • v.t Scotch to stop or block
    • n Scotch (coll.) Scotch whisky
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Quotations

  • Raymond Herzog
    Raymond Herzog
    “If a guy has a really good success pattern, I'll go along with him if he says he can go to the moon on Scotch tape.”

Idioms

Scotch Mist - The phrase 'Scotch mist' is used humorously to refer to something that is hard to find or doesn't exist - something imagined.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Prov. E. scote, a prop, and Walloon ascot, a prop, ascoter, to prop, F. accoter, also Armor. skoaz, the shoulder, skoazia, to shoulder up, to prop, to support, W. ysgwydd, a shoulder, ysgwyddo, to shoulder. Cf. Scoat

Usage

In literature:

A name among Scotch fishermen for the porpoise.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
She devoted many weeks to a study of Scotch dialect.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
A Scotch mist will weet an Englishman to the skin.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
The Scotch and Welsh were very powerful, and the Irish were very numerous.
"Donahoe's Magazine, Volume 15, No. 2, February 1886" by Various
There is probably no race of men on earth that would make worse slaves than the Scotch.
"Charles I" by Jacob Abbott
The English government, however, after his death, adhered to his plan of compelling the Scotch to make Mary the wife of his son.
"Mary Queen of Scots, Makers of History" by Jacob Abbott
So Scotch was spoken, Scotch songs were sung, and on deck, to the wild notes of the great bagpipes, Scotch reels and strathspeys were danced.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
Next came the pastor, habited, like our Scotch ministers, in gown and bands, when the regent instantly ceased.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
But here the usual good fortune of the Scotch abandoned them.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
I carried little Scotch all day long in my overcoat pocket as I rode through the mountains on the way to my cabin.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills
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In poetry:

I'll sit and watch those ancient trees,
Those Scotch firs dark and high;
I'll listen to the eerie breeze,
Among their branches sigh.
"Call Me Away" by Anne Bronte
I min' a waddin' I was at,
A dozen guid Scotch miles away;
I danced until they a' did glowre,
An' whisper—"Whaur does he come frae?"
"Blythe Willie Stewart" by Alexander Anderson
In war the Scotch are very bold.
Burns was a Scot, who, I am told,
Wrote verses and ploughed fields by turns,
So every Scot is proud of Burns.
"Little People: An Alphabet" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
"Oh, you shall hear," the child replies:
Then warbled clear an old Scotch ditty.
The mother's heart was moved; her eyes
Were brimming o'er with love and pity.
"Pictures of Memory" by Janet Hamilton
And yet, thou wonder-workin' chiel,
I'd let ye' charm Scotch bodies weel,
But that "Address unto the De'il"
Made i' your sport,
Has raised a maist revengefu' squeel
In my black court.
"Answer to Burn's Address To The De'il" by Nora Pembroke
‘Stepping westward,’ did she say,
At sunset on that long Scotch day?
‘Stepping westward,’ yes, alway,
With staff and scrip,
Wayfaring songs upon my lip,
Stepping, stepping, to the end.
"Age" by William Bell Scott

In news:

The Strokes' artsier, scrappier Scotch cousins.
Fanwood-Scotch Plains Y Girls Black swim team wins four of five relays.
The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Girls Black swim team won four of the five relays.
This year, surprise them with such treats as a tasting of scotch and a day at the racetrack.
Garden State Pro Tour Challenge to tee off Oct 2 at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains.
1 for 30 years, The Famous Grouse — the living breathing spirit of the outdoors — is the most popular Scotch whisky amongst the people who know about whisky, the Scots themselves.
The Famous Grouse represents more than two centuries of excellence in the art of Scotch blending.
The homebrew that Scarsella made had vanilla beans soaked in Portwood Scotch.
The cursing mommy likes her scotch.
Scotch Plains Library presents 21st Century Job Interview .
Because of the hazardous conditions of Hurricane Sandy the Westfield Area AARP Chapter 4137 cancelled its November 5th meeting at the Scotch Hills Country Club.
Christopher Ciccarino, 17, of Scotch Plains lost control of his vehicle and hit a mailbox at 8 Katherine Drive on Aug 19 at 8 am, police said.
This round, it's Scotch sips for a winter's night.
John O'Boyle/The Star-Ledger Utility workers watch as water is pumped away from a broken water maint in Scotch Plains in late July.
Want to make this Scotch-free.
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In science:

Two-sided scotch tape can be efficiently used as a fixture if uncertainty of 0.01 mm is enough.
Practical Way to Measure Large-Scale 2D Surfaces Using Repositioning on Coordinate-Measuring Machines
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