scud

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scud run before a gale
    • v scud run or move very quickly or hastily "She dashed into the yard"
    • n scud the act of moving along swiftly (as before a gale)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scud A slight, sudden shower.
    • Scud (Zoöl) A small flight of larks, or other birds, less than a flock.
    • Scud (Zoöl) Any swimming amphipod crustacean.
    • Scud Loose, vapory clouds driven swiftly by the wind. "Borne on the scud of the sea.""The scud was flying fast above us, throwing a veil over the moon."
    • Scud The act of scudding; a driving along; a rushing with precipitation.
    • Scud (Naut) To be driven swiftly, or to run, before a gale, with little or no sail spread.
    • Scud To move swiftly; especially, to move as if driven forward by something. "The first nautilus that scudded upon the glassy surface of warm primeval oceans.""The wind was high; the vast white clouds scudded over the blue heaven."
    • v. t Scud To pass over quickly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scud To run swiftly; shoot or fly along with haste.
    • scud Nautical, to run before a gale with little or no sail set.
    • scud To throw thin flat stones so that they skip over the surface of water.
    • scud In tanning, to remove remaining hairs, dirt, etc., from (skins or hides) with a hand-knife after depilation.
    • scud To pass over quickly.
    • scud To beat or chastise, especially on the bare buttocks; skelp; spank.
    • n scud The act of scudding; a driving along; a running or rushing with speed or precipitation.
    • n scud Small detached clouds driven rapidly along under a mass of storm-cloud: a common accompaniment of rain.
    • n scud A slight flying shower.
    • n scud A small number of larks, less than a flock.
    • n scud A swift runner; a scudder.
    • n scud A smart stroke with the open hand; a skelp; a slap: as, to give one a scud on the face.
    • n scud A beach-flea or sand-flea: some small crustacean, as an isopod or amphipod.
    • n scud One of the largest scuds is Gammarus ornatus of the New England coast.
    • n scud Dirt, lime, and fat left in the grain of a skin after it comes from the puer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Scud skud to run quickly: :
    • v.t Scud to skelp:
    • n Scud act of moving quickly: loose, vapoury clouds driven swiftly along: a swift runner: a beach flea: a form of garden hoe: a slap, a sharp stroke
    • v.i Scud skud (naut.) to run before the wind in a gale
    • v.i Scud skud (Scot.) to throw flat stones so as to skip along the water
    • v.t Scud (Scot.) to slap:—pr.p. scud′ding; pa.t. and pa.p. scud′ded
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dan. skyde, to shoot, shove, push, akin to skud, shot, gunshot, a shoot, young bough, and to E. shoot,. √159. See Shoot

Usage

In literature:

Swiftly the little ponies scudded along the winding roads.
"Sketches The Carrier Pigeon, The Consul's Daughter, Walstein--Or A Cure For Melancholy, The Court Of Egypt, The Valley Of Thebes, Egyptian Thebes, Shoubra Eden And Lebanon, A Syrian Sketch, The Bosphorus, An Interview With A Great Turk, Munich, The Spirit Of Whiggism" by Benjamin Disraeli
The barque swiftly scudded over the dark waters.
"The Infernal Marriage" by Benjamin Disraeli
After a paragraph or so our blood Is up, and even our jaded hackneys scud along, and warm up into friskiness.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
Something black scudded across the red-tiled floor, and she made a dash at it with her poker.
"Scottish Ghost Stories" by Elliott O'Donnell
The light clung to the glittering object, and then scudded away.
"Four Days" by Hetty Hemenway
Little McPhail had scudded for home; Mira's white face had disappeared from her window.
"Under Fire" by Charles King
He gave a great yelp, and came scudding along, followed by his band.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
A bleak, howling wind, with great piles of storm-scud overhead, raved all the day before Christmas.
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
I can see the clouds scudding before a west wind.
"The Triflers" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Father Time has an unfortunate habit of scudding along at a tremendously rapid pace over the delightful roads of life.
"Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer" by Jessie Graham Flower
When we got fairly out, our sail filled, and we went scudding away on a good wind.
"A Jolly Fellowship" by Frank R. Stockton
I scudded, with Tony thumping behind me.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Over us, the lowering, leaden clouds were scudding, riding the wind.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
The smitten steed scudded off like a tempest.
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
And why should they not both be safely scudding before it at this moment, some ten miles or so ahead of us?
"The Pirate Island" by Harry Collingwood
The scud is flying all over us now that we are running before the wind.
"The Ghost Ship" by John C. Hutcheson
I'd hate to scud under bare poles.
"Peggy Stewart at School" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
Sailors call this scud.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
This hen scudded and skipped along a rod or two at a time.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Above, the clouds, rain-filled, scud hurriedly.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
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In poetry:

Swift from the dim horizon
The dark sails scud for the land.
Look, how the rain-cloud drops its fringe
About us on either hand!
"Thora" by Celia Laighton Thaxter
The clouds are scudding across the moon;
A misty light is on the sea;
The wind in the shrouds has a wintry tune,
And the foam is flying free.
"Storm Song" by James Bayard Taylor
A grievous day of wrathful winds,
Of low-hung clouds, which scud and fly,
And drop cold rains, then lift and show
A sullen realm of upper sky.
"Outward Bound" by Susan Coolidge
All alone from the great blue sky
Where the swift clouds went scudding by,
All the way from the bright abode
Down somewhere near the city road.
"Miss Snow Flake and the Lovers" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Rain, wind, and rain. The writhing lake
Scuds to and fro to scape their stroke:
The mountains veil their heads, and make
Of cloud and mist a wintry cloak.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
O FAIR to see, scudding with gull-like motion,
Or hovering poised on shadowing wings of snow;
The ships that won the empire of the ocean
A hundred years ago!
"Then And Now" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Syria denies using Scuds against rebels.
BEIRUT – Syria's Foreign Ministry has denied claims that the government is using Scud missiles against rebels.
Syria fired Scud missiles at rebels, US officials say.
Too quiet on Syrian Scuds.
Some reports indicate Syria's military had fired Scud missiles at rebels.
As we reported yesterday, Syria now using SCUD missiles against rebels.
Syria Firing Scud Missiles at Rebels, US Says.
Syrian ally Russia said Thursday that President Bashar al-Assad's regime was losing control to rebel forces and could face defeat, while NATO accused Damascus of using Scud short-range missiles in the conflict.
Damascus Fires Scud Missiles, US Officials Say.
The US says Scud missiles have been launched against the rebels, and it's an ominous sign because it's a much larger weapon with a lot of explosive power.
Obama is not happy about Syria using SCUD missiles against the rebels.
A senior US defense official says Assad's regime has fired roughly six Scud missiles from Damascus, but there are no immediate reports of casualties.
Syrian regime fires Scud missiles.
Syrian regime forces have fired several Scud missiles at rebels for the first time, the New York Times reports, citing unnamed US officials.
Newport 'tornado' spotted by Downe Township fire chief deemed likely scud cloud by National Weather Service .
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In science:

The waves on the seashore, the clouds scudding across the sky, the complexity of the Mandelbrot set — observing these, one is made aware of limits on what we can practically compute.
Definability in the Real Universe
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