9 letter word starting with sc

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scagliola noun An imitation of any veined and ornamental stone, as marble, formed by a substratum of finely ground gypsum mixed with glue, the surface of which, while soft, is variegated with splinters of marble, spar, granite, etc., and subsequently colored and polished.
scaldfish noun A European flounder (Arnoglossus laterna, or Psetta arnoglossa); — called also megrim, and smooth sole.
scaleback noun Any one of numerous species of marine annelids of the family Polynoidae, and allies, which have two rows of scales, or elytra, along the back. See Illust. under Chaetopoda.
scalebeam noun The lever or beam of a balance; the lever of a platform scale, to which the poise for weighing is applied., A weighing apparatus with a sliding weight, resembling a steelyard.
scaleless adjective Destitute of scales.
scaliness noun The state of being scaly; roughness.
scalloped imp. & past participle of Scallop, Furnished with a scallop; made or done with or in a scallop., Having the edge or border cut or marked with segments of circles. See Scallop, n., 2., Baked in a scallop; cooked with crumbs.
scalloper noun One who fishes for scallops.
scambling present participle & vb. noun of Scamble
scamillus noun A sort of second plinth or block, below the bases of Ionic and Corinthian columns, generally without moldings, and of smaller size horizontally than the pedestal.
scampavia noun A long, low war galley used by the Neapolitans and Sicilians in the early part of the nineteenth century.
scampered imp. & past participle of Scamper
scamperer noun One who scampers.
scansores noun pl. An artifical group of birds formerly regarded as an order. They are distributed among several orders by modern ornithologists.
scantling adjective Not plentiful; small; scanty., A fragment; a bit; a little piece., A piece or quantity cut for a special purpose; a sample., A small quantity; a little bit; not much., A piece of timber sawed or cut of a small size, as for studs, rails, etc., The dimensions of a piece of timber with regard to its breadth and thickness; hence, the measure or dimensions of anything., A rough draught; a rude sketch or outline., A frame for casks to lie upon; a trestle.
scantness noun The quality or condition of being scant; narrowness; smallness; insufficiency; scantiness.
scapegoat noun A goat upon whose head were symbolically placed the sins of the people, after which he was suffered to escape into the wilderness., Hence, a person or thing that is made to bear blame for others.
scapeless adjective Destitute of a scape.
scapement verb Same as Escapement, 3.
scaphopda noun pl. A class of marine cephalate Mollusca having a tubular shell open at both ends, a pointed or spadelike foot for burrowing, and many long, slender, prehensile oral tentacles. It includes Dentalium, or the tooth shells, and other similar shells. Called also Prosopocephala, and Solenoconcha.
scapiform adjective Resembling a scape, or flower stem.
scapolite noun A grayish white mineral occuring in tetragonal crystals and in cleavable masses. It is essentially a silicate of alumina and soda.
scapulary noun A loose sleeveless vestment falling in front and behind, worn by certain religious orders and devout persons., The name given to two pieces of cloth worn under the ordinary garb and over the shoulders as an act of devotion., A bandage passing over the shoulder to support it, or to retain another bandage in place., Same as Scapular, a., Same as 2d and 3d Scapular.
scaraboid adjective Of or pertaining to the family Scarabaeidae, an extensive group which includes the Egyptian scarab, the tumbledung, and many similar lamellicorn beetles., A scaraboid beetle.
scarecrow noun Anything set up to frighten crows or other birds from cornfields; hence, anything terifying without danger., A person clad in rags and tatters., The black tern.
scarefire noun An alarm of fire., A fire causing alarm.
scarfskin noun See Epidermis.
scarifier noun One who scarifies., The instrument used for scarifying., An implement for stripping and loosening the soil, without bringing up a fresh surface.
scarified imp. & past participle of Scarify
scathless adjective Unharmed.
scattered imp. & past participle of Scatter, Dispersed; dissipated; sprinkled, or loosely spread., Irregular in position; having no regular order; as, scattered leaves.
scavenger verb A person whose employment is to clean the streets of a city, by scraping or sweeping, and carrying off the filth. The name is also applied to any animal which devours refuse, carrion, or anything injurious to health.
scelestic adjective Evil; wicked; atrocious.
scentless adjective Having no scent.
sceptered imp. & past participle of Sceptre
sceptring of Sceptre
sceptical Alt. of Scepticism
schediasm noun Cursory writing on a loose sheet.
scheelite noun Calcium tungstate, a mineral of a white or pale yellowish color and of the tetragonal system of crystallization.
scheelium noun The metal tungsten.
schematic adjective Of or pertaining to a scheme or a schema.
schemeful adjective Full of schemes or plans.
schetical adjective Of or pertaining to the habit of the body; constitutional.
schilling noun Any one of several small German and Dutch coins, worth from about one and a half cents to about five cents.
schirrhus noun See Scirrhus.
schistose adjective Alt. of Schistous
schistous adjective Of or pertaining to schist; having the structure of a schist.
schizopod noun one of the Schizopoda. Also used adjectively., Alt. of Schizopodous
scholarly adjective Like a scholar, or learned person; showing the qualities of a scholar; as, a scholarly essay or critique., In a scholarly manner.
scholiast noun A maker of scholia; a commentator or annotator.
scholiaze verb i. To write scholia.
scholical adjective Scholastic.
scholiums plural of Scholium
schooling present participle & vb. noun of School, Instruction in school; tuition; education in an institution of learning; act of teaching., Discipline; reproof; reprimand; as, he gave his son a good schooling., Compensation for instruction; price or reward paid to an instructor for teaching pupils., Collecting or running in schools or shoals.
schoolboy noun A boy belonging to, or attending, a school.
schoolery noun Something taught; precepts; schooling.
schoolmen plural of Schoolman
schoolman noun One versed in the niceties of academical disputation or of school divinity.
schorlous adjective Schorlaceous.
schottish noun Alt. of Schottische
schwanpan noun Chinese abacus.
sciaenoid adjective Of or pertaining to the Sciaenidae, a family of marine fishes which includes the meagre, the squeteague, and the kingfish.
sciagraph noun An old term for a vertical section of a building; — called also sciagraphy. See Vertical section, under Section., A radiograph.
sciamachy noun See Sciomachy.
sciatical adjective Sciatic.
sciential adjective Pertaining to, or producing, science.
scientist noun One learned in science; a scientific investigator; one devoted to scientific study; a savant.
scillitin noun A bitter principle extracted from the bulbs of the squill (Scilla), and probably consisting of a complex mixture of several substances.
scintilla noun A spark; the least particle; an iota; a tittle.
sciomachy noun A fighting with a shadow; a mock contest; an imaginary or futile combat.
sciomancy noun Divination by means of shadows.
scioptics noun The art or process of exhibiting luminous images, especially those of external objects, in a darkened room, by arrangements of lenses or mirrors.
scioptric adjective Scioptic.
scirrhoid adjective Resembling scirrhus.
scirrhous adjective Proceeding from scirrhus; of the nature of scirrhus; indurated; knotty; as, scirrhous affections; scirrhous disease.
scissible adjective Capable of being cut or divided by a sharp instrument.
sclaundre noun Slander.
sclavonic adjective Same as Slavonic.
scleritis noun See Sclerotitis.
sclerogen noun The thickening matter of woody cells; lignin.
sclerosed adjective Affected with sclerosis.
sclerosis noun Induration; hardening; especially, that form of induration produced in an organ by increase of its interstitial connective tissue., Hardening of the cell wall by lignification.
sclerotal adjective Sclerotic., The optic capsule; the sclerotic coat of the eye.
sclerotic adjective Hard; firm; indurated; — applied especially in anatomy to the firm outer coat of the eyeball, which is often cartilaginous and sometimes bony., Of or pertaining to the sclerotic coat of the eye; sclerotical., Affected with sclerosis; sclerosed., The sclerotic coat of the eye. See Illust. of Eye (d)., Pertaining to, or designating, an acid obtained from ergot or the sclerotium of a fungus growing on rye.
sclerotia plural of Sclerotium
scobiform adjective Having the form of, or resembling, sawdust or raspings.
scolecida noun pl. Same as Helminthes.
scolecite noun A zeolitic mineral occuring in delicate radiating groups of white crystals. It is a hydrous silicate of alumina and lime. Called also lime mesotype.
scoliosis noun A lateral curvature of the spine.
scolithus noun A tubular structure found in Potsdam sandstone, and believed to be the fossil burrow of a marine worm.
scombroid adjective Like or pertaining to the Mackerel family., Any fish of the family Scombridae, of which the mackerel (Scomber) is the type.
sconcheon noun A squinch.
scopeline adjective Scopeloid.
scopeloid adjective Like or pertaining to fishes of the genus Scopelus, or family Scopelodae, which includes many small oceanic fishes, most of which are phosphorescent., Any fish of the family Scopelidae.
scopiform adjective Having the form of a broom or besom.
scops owl Any one of numerous species of small owls of the genus Scops having ear tufts like those of the horned owls, especially the European scops owl (Scops giu), and the American screech owl (S. asio).
scoptical adjective Jesting; jeering; scoffing.
scopulous adjective Full of rocks; rocky.
scorbutic adjective Alt. of Scorbutical
scorbutus noun Scurvy.
scorching present participle & vb. noun of Scorch, Burning; parching or shriveling with heat.
scorifier noun One who, or that which, scorifies; specifically, a small flat bowl-shaped cup used in the first heating in assaying, to remove the earth and gangue, and to concentrate the gold and silver in a lead button.
scoriform adjective In the form of scoria.
scorified imp. & past participle of Scorify
scorodite noun A leek-green or brownish mineral occurring in orthorhombic crystals. It is a hydrous arseniate of iron.
scorpioid adjective Alt. of Scorpioidal
scotching present participle & vb. noun of Scotch, Dressing stone with a pick or pointed instrument.
scotchmen plural of Scotchman
scotchman noun A native or inhabitant of Scotland; a Scot; a Scotsman., A piece of wood or stiff hide placed over shrouds and other rigging to prevent chafe by the running gear.
scot-free adjective Free from payment of scot; untaxed; hence, unhurt; clear; safe.
scoundrel noun A mean, worthless fellow; a rascal; a villain; a man without honor or virtue., Low; base; mean; unprincipled.
scourging present participle & vb. noun of Scourge
scrabbled imp. & past participle of Scrabble
scraggily adverb In a scraggy manner.
scrambled imp. & past participle of Scramble
scrambler noun One who scrambles; one who climbs on all fours., A greedy and unceremonious contestant.
scranched imp. & past participle of Scranch
scrapbook noun A blank book in which extracts cut from books and papers may be pasted and kept.
scrappily adverb In a scrappy manner; in scraps.
scratched imp. & past participle of Scratch
scratcher noun One who, or that which, scratches; specifically (Zool.), any rasorial bird.
scrawling present participle & vb. noun of Scrawl
screaking present participle & vb. noun of Screak
screaming present participle & vb. noun of Scream, Uttering screams; shrieking., Having the nature of a scream; like a scream; shrill; sharp.
screeched imp. & past participle of Screech
screening present participle & vb. noun of Screen
scribable adjective Capable of being written, or of being written upon.
scribbled imp. & past participle of Scribble
scribbler noun One who scribbles; a petty author; a writer of no reputation; a literary hack., A scribbling machine.
scrimmage noun Formerly, a skirmish; now, a general row or confused fight or struggle., The struggle in the rush lines after the ball is put in play.
scrimping present participle & vb. noun of Scrimp, a. & n. from Scrimp, v. t.
scrimshaw verb t. To ornament, as shells, ivory, etc., by engraving, and (usually) rubbing pigments into the incised lines., A shell, a whale’s tooth, or the like, that is scrimshawed.
scringing present participle & vb. noun of Scrine
scrippage noun The contents of a scrip, or wallet.
scriptory adjective Of or pertaining to writing; expressed in writing; used in writing; as, scriptory wills; a scriptory reed.
scripture noun Anything written; a writing; a document; an inscription., The books of the Old and the new Testament, or of either of them; the Bible; — used by way of eminence or distinction, and chiefly in the plural., A passage from the Bible;; a text.
scrivener noun A professional writer; one whose occupation is to draw contracts or prepare writings., One whose business is to place money at interest; a broker., A writing master.
scrubbing present participle & vb. noun of Scrub
scrummage noun See Scrimmage.
scrutable adjective Discoverable by scrutiny, inquiry, or critical examination.
scrutator noun One who scrutinizes; a close examiner or inquirer.
scrutoire noun A escritoire; a writing desk.
scuffling present participle & vb. noun of Scuffle
sculptile adjective Formed by carving; graven; as, sculptile images.
sculpture noun The art of carving, cutting, or hewing wood, stone, metal, etc., into statues, ornaments, etc., or into figures, as of men, or other things; hence, the art of producing figures and groups, whether in plastic or hard materials., Carved work modeled of, or cut upon, wood, stone, metal, etc., To form with the chisel on, in, or from, wood, stone, or metal; to carve; to engrave.
scumbling present participle & vb. noun of Scumble, A mode of obtaining a softened effect, in painting and drawing, by the application of a thin layer of opaque color to the surface of a painting, or part of the surface, which is too bright in color, or which requires harmonizing., In crayon drawing, the use of the stump., The color so laid on. Also used figuratively.
scutching present participle & vb. noun of Scutch
scutcheon noun An escutcheon; an emblazoned shield., A small plate of metal, as the shield around a keyhole. See Escutcheon, 4.
scutellum noun A rounded apothecium having an elevated rim formed of the proper thallus, the fructification of certain lichens., The third of the four pieces forming the upper part of a thoracic segment of an insect. It follows the scutum, and is followed by the small postscutellum; a scutella. See Thorax., One of the transverse scales on the tarsi and toes of birds; a scutella.
scutiform adjective Shield-shaped; scutate.
scuttling present participle & vb. noun of Scuttle
scythemen plural of Scytheman
scytheman noun One who uses a scythe; a mower.