• WordNet 3.6
    • v scalp remove the scalp of "The enemies were scalped"
    • v scalp sell illegally, as on the black market
    • n scalp the skin that covers the top of the head "they wanted to take his scalp as a trophy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Everyday approximately 35 meters of hair fibre is produced on the scalp of an adult
    • n Scalp skălp A bed of oysters or mussels.
    • Scalp A part of the skin of the head, with the hair attached, cut or torn off from an enemy by the Indian warriors of North America, as a token of victory.
    • Scalp Fig.: The top; the summit.
    • Scalp That part of the integument of the head which is usually covered with hair. "By the bare scalp of Robin Hodd's fat friar,
      This fellow were a king for our wild faction!"
    • Scalp (Milling) To brush the hairs or fuzz from, as wheat grains, in the process of high milling.
    • Scalp To deprive of the scalp; to cut or tear the scalp from the head of.
    • v. i Scalp To make a small, quick profit by slight fluctuations of the market; -- said of brokers who operate in this way on their own account.
    • Scalp (Surg) To remove the skin of. "We must scalp the whole lid [of the eye]."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average human scalp has 100,000 hairs
    • n scalp The top of the head; the head, skull, or sconce.
    • n scalp The integument of the upper part of the head and associated subcutaneous structures; the skin, the occipitofrontalis muscle, and its broad fascia-like tendon and connective tissue, with their vessels and nerves, together forming the covering of the skull, and freely movable upon the subjacent bones.
    • n scalp The scalp or a part of it, together with the hair growing upon it, cut or torn from the head of a living or dead person. Among the North American Indians scalps are taken as trophies of victory.
    • n scalp The skin of the head of a noxious wild animal. A bounty has sometimes been offered for wolves' scalps.
    • n scalp The head or skull of a whale exclusive of the lower jaw.
    • n scalp In heraldry, the skin of the head of a stag with the horns attached: a rare bearing.
    • scalp To deprive of the scalp; remove the scalp of. The scalping of slain or captured enemies is a custom of the North American Indians. The scalp being grasped by the scalplock, a circular cut is made with the scalping-knife, and the skin is then forcibly torn off; the operation requires but a few seconds at the hands of an expert.
    • scalp Hence To skin or flay in general; denude; lay bare; specifically, to deprive of grass or turf.
    • scalp In milling: To separate (the fuzzy growths at the ends of the berries of wheat or other grain) by attrition and screening, with or without the employment of aspirators.
    • scalp To separate, after the first operation of the breaking-rolls (the broken wheat, semolina, and break-flour), and after each subsequent use of the breaking-rolls (making in some schemes of milling six separate operations) to treat (the products) in the same manner with sieves, bolts, or screens of different grades of fineness.
    • scalp To sell at less than official or recognized rates, by sharing the commission or profit with the purchaser, or by purchasing cheap and asking only a small advance: as, to scalp railway-tickets.
    • scalp In Amer. polit. slang, to destroy the political influence of, or punish for insubordination to party rule.
    • n scalp A bed of oysters or mussels.
    • scalp To cut or scrape. See scalping-iron.
    • n scalp An early type of cultivator blade, nearly horizontal in position, so called as cutting a thin layer from the soil. Cf. sweep, 12 .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to the Greek historian Herodotus, Egyptian men never became bald. The reason for this, Herodotus claimed, was that as children Egyptian males had their heads shaved, and their scalps were continually exposed to the health-giving rays of the sun.
    • n Scalp skalp the outer covering of the skull or brain-case, including the skin, the expanded tendon of the occipito-frontalis muscle, with intermediate cellular tissue and blood-vessels: the skin on which the hair grows: the skin of the top of the head, together with the hair, torn off as a token of victory by the North American Indians: the skin of the head of a noxious wild animal:
    • v.t Scalp to cut the scalp from: to flay: to lay bare: to deprive of grass: to sell at less than recognised rates: to destroy the political influence of
    • n Scalp skalp (her.) the skin of the head of a stag with the horns attached: a bed of oysters or mussels (Scot. Scaup)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perhaps akin to D. schelp, shell. Cf. Scallop
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old Dut. schelpe, a shell; cf. Ger. schelfe, a husk; a doublet of scallop.


In literature:

Okematan won't scalp you.
"The Buffalo Runners" by R.M. Ballantyne
He never permitted a captive to be tortured, and early gave up the practice of scalping the enemies he had slain.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7" by Charles H. Sylvester
Many had rifles, but others were armed only with bows and spears, and the dreadful scalping-knife.
"The Story of Nelson" by W.H.G. Kingston
His bloody scalp was waved in the face of Kenton, with menaces of a similar fate.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
Ernest twisted his scalp lock in deep thought.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
They were surprised by the Hurons, and every soul, as far as I could learn, was either scalped or carried away prisoner.
"The Settlers in Canada" by Frederick Marryat
A woman we knew had escaped being scalped once by hiding behind a shock of corn.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
My master, pointing to his hatchet, said to me, 'Then I must dash out your brains and take your scalp.
"A Half Century of Conflict - Volume I" by Francis Parkman
He never takes revenge, and he has never been known to lift a scalp.
"The Wild Man of the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
He said it was false that they gave a bounty for scalps.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson

In poetry:

"Behold! his scalp is at my belt;
'Twas as he turn'd to flee,
The deadly blow this hatchet dealt—
This hatchet swung by me.
"The Indian Warrior" by Peter John Allan
Let Love's and Friendship's tender debt
Be paid by those I love in life.
Why should the unborn critic whet
For me his scalping-knife?
"My Namesake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The eyes were starting from their socks,
The mouth it ghastly grinn'd,
And there was a gash across the brow,
The scalp was nearly skinn'd.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
Painted and plumed, with scalp-locks flowing,
And red arms tossing and black eyes glowing,
Now in the light and now in the shade
Around the fires the dancers played.
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
From rock to rock, through cloven scalp,
By rivers rushing to the sea,
With thunderous sound his army wound
The heaven supporting hills around;
Like that the Man of Destiny
Led down the astonished Alp.
"The Year-King" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
For he chases alike every form that has breath,
And his darts must strike all,--for that hunter is Death!!
Lo! a skeleton armed, and his scalp-lock yet streams;
From this vision of fear of the Iroquois' dreams!
"The Strong Hunter" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell

In news:

No longer a shady practice, ticket scalping got the A-OK from City Council.
A former University of Kansas assistant athletics director wants a judge to throw out his sentence in a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy, saying his lawyer did a poor job.
I suppose that Vanity Fair gets the scalp, in that Sarah Palin announced she would step down as governor and withdraw from who knows.
Aspiring sumo wrestler Mainoumi once convinced doctors to inject silicone into his scalp to meet height requirements for the ancient Japanese sport.
High capacity rotary scalping and sifting in one pass.
Since opening a couple years ago, Seven Salon has swiftly and deservedly racked up accolades for its scalp massages (spine-tingling, in the best way possible).
Unfortunately, our scalps are often neglected.
Healthy scalps consist of skin that is toned and stimulated.
Don't Slather the Oil onto the Scalp .
Rare condition makes scalp look like brain.
A rare condition makes a Brazilian man's scalp look like his brain is on the outside of his head.
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A good scalp massage will do wonders for straightening out your head.
Is ticket scalping a problem that should concern policymakers.

In science:

Hz) among the scalp EEG signals as suggested in .
A new measure of phase synchronization for a pair of time series and seizure focus localization
Furthermore, the main advantage of MEG over scalp-EEG is that the skull and the scalp are transparent to the magnetic field and, therefore, an external measured magnetic field is only minimally distorted by the resistivity profile between the generators and sensors.
Asymmetric random matrices: What do we need them for?
Figure 3.13 displays the corresponding scalp plots for sub ject no. 74 and Figure 3.14 displays the scalp plots of the sLDA and LDA solutions for the sub ject (no. 71) for which sLDA performed worst.
Two Projection Pursuit Algorithms for Machine Learning under Non-Stationarity
Figure 3.13: The figure displays scalp plots for the LDA and sLDA solutions for the sub ject whose improvement was greatest using sLDA (sub ject no.74).
Two Projection Pursuit Algorithms for Machine Learning under Non-Stationarity
Figure 3.14: The figure displays scalp plots for the LDA and sLDA solutions for the sub ject whose improvement was most inferior using sLDA (sub ject no.71).
Two Projection Pursuit Algorithms for Machine Learning under Non-Stationarity