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A net so formed as to sweep the bottom of a river.

SCOPE, n. [L. scopus; Gr. σκοπος, from σκοπεω, to see or view; Heb. שקף, to see, to behold; Ch. to drive or strike. Class Gb, No. 85. The primary sense is to stretch or extend, to reach; properly, the whole extent, space or reach, hence the whale space viewed, and hence the limit or ultimate end.]

  1. Space; room; amplitude of intellectual view; as, a free scope for inquiry; full scope for the fancy or imagination; ample scope for genius.
  2. The limit of intellectual view; the end or thing to which the mind directs its view; that which is purposed to be reached or accomplished; hence, ultimate design, aim or purpose; intention; drift. It expresses both the purpose and thing purposed. Your scope is as mine own, / So to enforce and qualify the laws, / As to your soul seems good. – Shak. The scope of all their pleading against man's authority, is to overthrow such laws and constitutions of the church. – Hooker.
  3. Liberty; freedom from restraint; room to move in. – Hooker.
  4. Liberty beyond just limits; license. Give him line and scope. – Shak.
  5. Act of riot; sally; excess. [Obs.] – Shak.
  6. Extended quantity; as, a scope of land. [Obs.] – Davies.
  7. Length; extent; sweep; as, scope of cable. – Mar. Language.

SCO'PI-FORM, a. [L. scopa, a broom, and form.]

Having the form of a broom or besom. Zeolite, stelliform or scopiform. – Kirwan.

SCO'PI-PED, n. [L. scopæ; a broom, and pes, a foot.]

One of a tribe of melliferous insects, which have a brush of hairs on the posterior feet.

SCOP'PET, v.t.

To lade out. [Not in use.] – Bp. Hall.

SCOP'TIC-AL, a. [Gr. σκωπτικος.]

Scoffing. [Not in use.] – Hammond.

SCOP'U-LOUS, a. [L. scopulosus.]

Full of rocks; rocky. [Not in use.]

SCOR'BUTE, n. [L. scorbutus.]

Scurvy. [Not in use.] – Purchas.

SCOR-BU'TIC, or SCOR-BU'TIC-AL, a. [Fr. scorbutique, from L. scorbutus, the scurvy. See Scurf, Scurvy.]

  1. Affected or diseased with scurvy; as, a scorbutic person.
  2. Pertaining to scurvy, or partaking of its nature; as, scorbutic complaints or symptoms.
  3. Subject to scurvy, as, a scorbutic habit.


With the scurvy, or with a tendency to it; as, a woman scorbutically affected. Wiseman.

SCORCE, n. [or v. See SCORSE.]

SCORCH, v.i.

To be burnt on the surface; to be parched; to be dried up. Scatter a little mungy straw and fern among your seedlings, to prevent the roots from scorching. – Mortimer.

SCORCH, v.t. [D. schroeijen, schrooken, to scorch. If this is the same word, there has been a transposition of the vowel. The Saxon has scorcned, the participle. But it is probable the Dutch is the true orthography, and the word is to be referred to the Ch. חרך, Ar. حَرَقَ haraka or charaka, to burn, singe or roast. Class Rg, No. 33, 34.]

  1. To burn superficially; to subject to a degree of heat that changes the color of a thing, or both the color and texture of the surface. Fire will scorch linen or cotton very speedily in extremely cold weather.
  2. To bum; to affect painfully with heat. Scorched with the burning sun or burning sands of Africa.


Burnt on the surface; pained by heat.


Burning on the surface; paining by heat.


A plant of the genus Thapsia; deadly carrot. – Lee.


So as to parch or burn the surface.


The quality of scorching.

SCOR'DI-UM, n. [L.]

A plant; the water-germander, a species of Teucrium. – Encyc.

SCORE, n. [Ir. scor, a notch; sgoram, to cut in pieces; Sax. scor, a score, twenty; Ice. skora, from the root of shear, share, shire.]

  1. A notch or incision; hence, the number twenty. Our ancestors, before the knowledge of writing, numbered and kept accounts of numbers by cutting notches on a stick or tally, and making one notch the representative of twenty. A simple mark answered the same purpose.
  2. A line drawn.
  3. An account or reckoning; as, he paid his score. – Shak.
  4. An account kept of something past; an epoch; an era. Tillotson.
  5. Debt, or account of debt. – Shak.
  6. Account; reason; motive. But left the trade, as many more / Have lately done on the same score. – Hudibras.
  7. Account; sake. You act your kindness on Cydaria's score. Dryden.
  8. In music, the original and entire draught of any composition, or its transcript. – Busby. To quit scores, to pay fully; to make even by giving an equivalent. A song in score, the words with the musical notes of a song annexed. – Johnson.

SCORE, v.t.

  1. To notch; to cut and chip for the purpose of preparing for hewing; as, to score timber.
  2. To cut; to engrave. – Spenser.
  3. To mark by a line. – Sandys.
  4. To set down as a debt. Madam, I know when, / Instead of five, you scored me ten. – Swift.
  5. To set down or take as an account; to charge; as to score follies. – Dryden.
  6. To form a score in music. – Busby.

SCOR-ED, pp.

Notched; set down; marked; prepared for hewing. In botany, a scored stem is marked with parallel lines or grooves. – Martyn.

SCO'RI-A, n. [L. from the Gr. σκωρια, σκωρ, rejected matter, that which is thrown off. Class Gr.]

Dross; the recrement of metals in fusion, or the mass produced by melting metals and ores. – Newton. Encyc.


Pertaining to dross; like dross or the recrement of metals; partaking of the nature of scoria.


In metallurgy, the act or operation of reducing a body, either wholly or in part, into scoria. – Encyc.