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SCUD, v.i.

1. In a gereral sense, to be driven or to flee or fly with haste. In seamen's language, to be driven with precipitation before a tempest. This is done with a sail extended on the foremast of the ship, or when the wind is too violent, without any sail set, which is called scudding under bare poles.

2. To run with precipitation; to fly.

SCUD, n.

1. A low thin cloud, or thin clould driven by the wind.

2. A driving along; a rushing with precipitation.




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SCUD, v.i.

1. In a gereral sense, to be driven or to flee or fly with haste. In seamen's language, to be driven with precipitation before a tempest. This is done with a sail extended on the foremast of the ship, or when the wind is too violent, without any sail set, which is called scudding under bare poles.

2. To run with precipitation; to fly.

SCUD, n.

1. A low thin cloud, or thin clould driven by the wind.

2. A driving along; a rushing with precipitation.


SCUD, n.

  1. A low thin cloud, or thin clouds driven by the wind. – Mar. Dict.
  2. A driving along; a rushing with precipitation. – Gay.

SCUD, v.i. [This is shoot, or from the same root; Dan. skyder, to shoot; skud, a shot; Sw. skudda, to throw or pour out; Sax. sceotan, to shoot, to flee or haste away; W. ysgwdu, to push or thrust; ysgudaw, ysguthaw, to whisk, to scud, to whirl about. See Shoot.]

  1. In a general sense, to be driven or to flee or fly with haste. In seamen's language, to be driven with precipitation before a tempest. This is done with a sail extended on the foremast of the ship, or when the wind is too violent, without any sail set, which is called scudding under bare poles. Mar. Dict.
  2. To run with precipitation; to fly. – Dryden.

Scud
  1. 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. I. Taylor.

    The wind was high; the vast white clouds scudded over the blue heaven. Beaconsfield.

  2. To pass over quickly.

    [R.] Shenstone.
  3. The act of scudding; a driving along; a rushing with precipitation.
  4. To be driven swiftly, or to run, before a gale, with little or no sail spread.
  5. Loose, vapory clouds driven swiftly by the wind.

    Borne on the scud of the sea. Longfellow.

    The scud was flying fast above us, throwing a veil over the moon. Sir S. Baker.

  6. A slight, sudden shower.

    [Prov. Eng.] Wright.
  7. A small flight of larks, or other birds, less than a flock.

    [Prov. Eng.]
  8. Any swimming amphipod crustacean.

    Storm scud. See the Note under Cloud.

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Scud

SCUD, verb intransitive

1. In a gereral sense, to be driven or to flee or fly with haste. In seamen's language, to be driven with precipitation before a tempest. This is done with a sail extended on the foremast of the ship, or when the wind is too violent, without any sail set, which is called scudding under bare poles.

2. To run with precipitation; to fly.

SCUD, noun

1. A low thin cloud, or thin clould driven by the wind.

2. A driving along; a rushing with precipitation.

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