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scarf

SCARF, n. plu. scarfs

Something that hangs loose upon the shoulders; as a piece of cloth.

Put on your hood and scarf.



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SCARF, n. plu. scarfs

Something that hangs loose upon the shoulders; as a piece of cloth.

Put on your hood and scarf.

SCARF, n. [plur. scarfs. Fr. echarpe; It. ciarpa; Sax. scearf, a fragment or piece; G. scharpe; from the root of shear.]

  1. Something that hangs loose upon the shoulders; as a piece of cloth. Put on your hood and scarf. – Swift.
  2. A water fowl. – Scott.

SCARF, v.t.1

  1. To throw loosely on. – Shak.
  2. To dress in a loose vesture. – Shak.

SCARF, v.t.2 [Sw. skarfva; Sp. escarpar.]

To join; to piece; to unite two pieces of timber at the ends, by letting the end of one into the end of the other, or laying the two ends together and fastening a third piece to both. – Mar. Dict.


Scarf
  1. A cormorant.

    [Scot.]
  2. An article of dress of a light and decorative character, worn loosely over the shoulders or about the neck or the waist; a light shawl or handkerchief for the neck; also, a cravat; a neckcloth.

    Put on your hood and scarf. Swift.

    With care about the banners, scarves, and staves. R. Browning.

  3. To throw on loosely] to put on like a scarf.

    "My sea-gown scarfed about me." Shak.
  4. To form a scarf on the end or edge of, as for a joint in timber, metal rods, etc.

    (b)
  5. In a piece which is to be united to another by a scarf joint, the part of the end or edge that is tapered off, rabbeted, or notched so as to be thinner than the rest of the piece.

    (b)
  6. To dress with a scarf, or as with a scarf; to cover with a loose wrapping.

    Shak.
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Scarf

SCARF, noun plural scarfs

Something that hangs loose upon the shoulders; as a piece of cloth.

Put on your hood and scarf

SC'ARF, verb transitive

1. To throw loosely on.

2. To dress in a loose vesture.

SC'ARF, verb transitive To join; to piece; to unite two pieces of timber at the ends, by letting the end of one into the end of the other, or by laying the two ends together and fastening a third piece to both.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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scale

SCALE, n. [L. id. If the sense is to strip, it coincides with the Gr. to spoil.]

1. The dish of a balance; and hence, the balance itself, or whole instrument; as, to turn the scale.

Long time in even scale the battle hung.

But in general, we use the plural, scales, for the whole instrument.

The scales are turn'd; her kindness weights no more now than my vows.

2. The sign of the balance or Libra, in the zodiac.

3. The small shell or crust which composes a part of the covering of a fish; and hence, any thin layer or leaf exfoliated or separated; a thin lamin; as scales of iron or of bone.

The scales of fish consist of alternate layers of membrane and phosphate of lime. The scales of serpents are composed of a horny membrane, without the calcarious phosphate.

4. A ladder; series of steps; means of ascending. [L. scala.]

5. The art of storming a place by mounting the wall on ladders; an escalade, or scalade.

6. A mathematical instrument of wood or metal, on which are marked line and figures for the purpose of measuring distances, extent or proportions; as a plain scale; a diagonal scale.

7. Regular gradation; a series rising by steps or degrees like those of a ladder. Thus we speak of the scale of being, in which man occupies a higher rank than brutes, and angels a higher rank than man.

8. Any instrument, figure or scheme, graduated for the purpose of measuring extent or proportions as a map drawn by a scale of half an inch to a league.

9. In music, a gamut; a diagram; or a series of lines and spaces rising one above another, on which notes are placed; or a scale consists of the regular gradations of sounds. A scale may be limited to an octave, called by the Greeks a tetrachord, or it may extend to the compass of any voice or instrument.

10. Any thing graduated or marked with degrees at equal distances.

SCALE, v.t.

1. To climb, as by a ladder; to ascend by steps; and applied to the walls of a fortified place, to mount in assault or storm.

Oft have I scal'd the craggy oak.

2. [from scale, a balance.] To measure; to compare; to weight.

3. [from scale, the covering of a fish.] to strip or clear of scales; as, to scale a fish.

4. To take off in thin lamins or scales.

5. To pare off a surface.

If all the mountains were scaled, and the earth made even -

6. In the north of England, to spread, as manure or loose substances; also, to disperse; to waste.

7. In gunnery, to clean the inside of a cannon by the explosion of a small quantity of powder.

SCALE, v.i. To separate and come off in thin layers or lamins.

The old shells of the lobster scale off.

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