- A gall, a sore developed by a horse from an ill-fitting or ill-adjusted saddle.
- Pertaining to a horse with saddle sores, or to a rider who has been riding too long.
- An incrustation over a sore, wound, vesicle, or pustule, formed during healing.
- (colloquial or obsolete) The scabies.
- The mange, especially when it appears on sheep.
verb (scabs, scabbing, scabbed, scabbed)
- 1882: Scab was the terror of the sheep farmer, and the peril of his calling. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 306.
- Several different diseases of potato, potatoes producing pits and other damage on their surface, caused by Streptomyces -bacteria.
- Short form for common scab, a relatively harmless variety of caused by Streptomyces scabies.
- (founding) A slight irregular protuberance which defaces the surface of a casting, caused by the breaking away of a part of the mold.
- A mean, dirty, paltry fellow.
- (slang) A worker who works for less than the rate fixed by the trade union.
- (slang) A strikebreaker.
- (botany) Any one of various more or less destructive fungus disease, diseases attacking cultivated plants, and forming dark-colored crustlike spots.
- (intransitive) To get covered by a scab.
- (intransitive) To act as strikebreaker.
- (transitive) (Australian slang) To beg (for), cadge, bum
- I scabbed some money off a friend.
- To clean, polish, or wash something by scrubbing it vigorously.
- He scoured the burner pans, to remove the burnt spills.
- To search an area thoroughly.
- They scoured the scene of the crime for clues.
- (veterinary medicine) Of livestock, to suffer from diarrhea.
- If a lamb is scouring, do not delay treatment.
- To move swiftly.
- A degenerative prion disease of sheep and goats that attacks the central nervous system.
- (plural of, scratch)
- (third-person singular of, scratch)
- A severe inflammation of the lungs of cattle, caused by a bacterium of the genus Pasteurella, sometimes seen following the stress of transport to market under poor conditions
verb (slinks, slinking, slunk or slank, slunk)
- (intransitive) To sneak about furtively.
- (transitive) To give birth to an animal prematurely.
verb (slip, p, ing)
- An act or instance of slipping.
- A women's undergarment worn under a skirt or dress.
- A small piece of paper.
- A berth for a boat or ship.
- A mistake or error (slip of the tongue.)
- (uncountable) In ceramics, a thin, slippery mix of clay and water.
- (cricket) Any of several fielding positions to the off side of the wicket keeper, designed to catch the ball after being deflected from the bat; a fielder in that position (See first slip, second slip, third slip, fourth slip and fifth slip.)
- The difference between the speed of a rotating magnetic field and the speed of its rotor.
- (intransitive) To lose one's traction on a slippery surface; to slide due to a lack of friction.
- (intransitive) To err.
- (transitive) To pass (a note, etc.)
- 1883, w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
- : We slipped along the hedges, noiseless and swift...
- A disease of horses characterized by a bony swelling developed on the hock as the result of inflammation of the bones.
- A narrow strip of wood split or peeled off of a larger piece.
- (medicine) A device to immobilize a body part.
- 1900 But it so happened that I had a man in the hospital at the time, and going there to see about him the day before the opening of the Inquiry, I saw in the white men's ward that little chap tossing on his back, with his arm in splints, and quite light-headed. Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=172793065&tag=Conrad,+Joseph,+1857-1924:+Lord+Jim,+1899-1900&query=splints&id=ConLord Chapter 5.
- A dental device applied consequent to undergoing orthodontia.
- A segment of armor.
- 1819 The fore-part of his thighs, where the folds of his mantle permitted them to be seen, were also covered with linked mail; the knees and feet were defended by splints , or thin plates of steel, ingeniously jointed upon each other; and mail hose, reaching from the ankle to the knee, effectually protected the legs, and completed the rider's defensive armour. " Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=555538796&tag=Scott,+Walter:+Ivanhoe.+A+Romance,+1819&query=defended+by+splints&id=ScoIvan Chapter 1.
- A bone found on either side of the horse's cannon bone
- To apply a splint.
- To support one's abdomen with hands or a pillow before attempting to cough.
adjective (sturd, ier, iest)
- of firm build
- solid in structure or person
- It was a building, able to withstand strong winds and cold weather.
- The dog was and could work all day without getting tired.
- (past of, sway)