Scarcement to Scaur
(Scarce"ment) n. (Arch. & Engin.) An offset where a wall or bank of earth, etc., retreats,
leaving a shelf or footing.
(Scarce"ness Scar"ci*ty) , n. The quality or condition of being scarce; smallness of quantity
in proportion to the wants or demands; deficiency; lack of plenty; short supply; penury; as, a scarcity of
grain; a great scarcity of beauties. Chaucer.
A scarcity of snow would raise a mutiny at Naples.Addison.
Praise . . . owes its value to its scarcity.Rambler.
The value of an advantage is enhanced by its scarceness.Collier.
Syn. Deficiency; lack; want; penury; dearth; rareness; rarity; infrequency.
(Scard) n. A shard or fragment. [Obs.]
(Scare) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scared ; p. pr. & vb. n. Scaring.] [OE. skerren, skeren, Icel.
skirra to bar, prevent, skirrask to shun , shrink from; or fr. OE. skerre, adj., scared, Icel. skjarr; both
perhaps akin to E. sheer to turn.] To frighten; to strike with sudden fear; to alarm.
The noise of thy crossbowShak. To scare away, to drive away by frightening. To scare up, to find by search, as if by beating for
Will scare the herd, and so my shoot is lost.
Syn. To alarm; frighten; startle; affright; terrify.
(Scare), n. Fright; esp., sudden fright produced by a trifling cause, or originating in mistake. [Colloq.]
1. Anything set up to frighten crows or other birds from cornfields; hence, anything terifying without danger.
A scarecrow set to frighten fools away.Dryden.
2. A person clad in rags and tatters.
No eye hath seen such scarecrows. I'll not march with them through Coventry, that's flat.Shak.
3. (Zoöl.) The black tern. [Prov. Eng.]
1. An alarm of fire. [Obs.]
2. A fire causing alarm. [Obs.] Fuller.
(Scarf) n. [Icel. skarfr.] A cormorant. [Scot.]
(Scarf), n.; pl. Scarfs, rarely Scarves [Cf. OF. escharpe a pilgrim's scrip, or wallet F. écharpe
sash, scarf; probably from OHG. scharpe pocket; also (from the French) Dan. skiærf; Sw. skärp, Prov. G.
schärfe, LG. scherf, G. schärpe; and also AS. scearf a fragment; possibly akin to E. scrip a wallet. Cf.