• WordNet 3.6
    • n scratchiness the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions
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In literature:

It was a recording, scratchy, and full of unthinkable distance.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
And an amplifier of this kind is not scratchy one bit.
"The Campfire Girls of Roselawn" by Margaret Penrose
It has not the chill of linen, the deadness of cotton, or the "scratchiness" of woolen.
"Makers of Many Things" by Eva March Tappan
I could not put on my dress again if all those scratchy paws had been over it.
"Our Bessie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
The eggs are pale clay color, marked with small scratchy dots of black.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Had he been whipped he could hardly have yelled more; he screamed through his scratchy quill.
"Amaryllis at the Fair" by Richard Jefferies
My eyes feel terribly scratchy.
"The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck" by Edward Stratemeyer
The red bristles were scratchy on his palm.
"The Sensitive Man" by Poul William Anderson
We all feel more or less scratchy sometimes.
"The Head Girl at the Gables" by Angela Brazil
All eyes turned at the sound of her scratchy, birdlike voice.
"The Year When Stardust Fell" by Raymond F. Jones

In poetry:

Moonlight as we enter
the New Brunswick woods,
hairy, scratchy, splintery;
moonlight and mist
caught in them like lamb's wool
on bushes in a pasture.
"The Moose" by Elizabeth Bishop

In news:

Even long-wearing lipsticks have let me down—the color stays put, but I don't like that many of them leave my lips feeling as dry and scratchy as sandpaper.
A Good Employee Turns Scratchy .
It's rock & roll from the heart, not the head, on Bob's Scratchy Records.
Bob's Scratchy Records Go to show page.
One of my friends awakens with a scratchy throat nearly every morning on these cold winter days.
Give your iPod that scratchy sound.
Research suggests that honey soothes pesky coughs and scratchy throats.
Coming down with a scratchy throat.
It's scratchy, but a newly digitized recording made on a Thomas Edison-invented.
But unlike Americana artists, she's not digging through old scratchy vinyl folk records.
This week you can catch piano adventures, spacey freaks, free DJ nights, scratchy 1960s garage veterans, Jem's truly outrageous husband, and more.
From Kentucky bluegrass to scratchy 1930s gospel recordings to modern-day ballads, Roots Radio plays a variety of traditional and experimental American roots music.
( AP ) — A scratchy-voiced Pres­i­dent Barack Obama pow­ered through a marathon drive to get his sup­port­ers to vote Thurs­day and planned to set an exam­ple by becom­ing the first pres­i­dent to cast his own bal­lot ahead of time.
The appalling rise of the smelly , sweaty, scratchy no-iron shirt.
3 Natural Soothers for Sore , Scratchy Throats.

In science:

In terms of giving credit, Stirling Colgate revealed the true father of modern supernova research: Scratchy Serapkin.
Conference Summary: Three Dimensional Explosions
Scratchy, not a scientist himself, fixed him with a steely glare and inquired, “Who knows how supernovae work?” Colgate realized what thin ground he, and the U.S. delegation, were on, returned to Livermore and made the case to Edward Teller that understanding supernovae must become a primary goal of the lab.
Conference Summary: Three Dimensional Explosions