One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Cut and remove debris from (a lawn) with a scarifier.
- ‘Thatch removal is done by scarifying the grass.’
- ‘Avoid scarifying lawns with live moss in them as it will cause the problem to spread.’
- ‘There were some exceptional scores due to all the tees being scarified and top dressed and also people playing on temporary tees which were much further forward than usual.’
- ‘On a dry day, scarify the lawn to remove unwanted thatch and then aerate and top-dress any badly drained areas.’
- ‘Showing a bit of restraint when turning reduces this effect and you're going to scarify it before you put in rota-bucks so what does it matter, anyway?’
- ‘In an area that was scarified 10 years ago, healthy birch saplings, more than an inch in diameter, stand 15 feet tall, promising another generation of Popsicle sticks.’
- ‘The rice for Uncle Ben's, Pillsbury, Stouffer's, and General Mills is processed and scarified so that it will cook at the same rate as white rice.’
- ‘Viable seeds were extracted from the pods, scarified with a file, and germinated in the Botany Department greenhouse facilities at the University of Georgia.’
- ‘It is a good idea to scarify the lawn and remove any thatch, as it restricts air movement, impedes drainage and encourages the formation of moss and weeds.’
- ‘Other scenes open out into Mantegna's typical landscapes - rocky mountains scarified by striations and pockmarked with classical ruins.’
- ‘Prior to disinfection, VIR4788 and VIR7128 seeds were also treated for 15 min with 98% H 2 SO 4 to scarify the seed coat.’
- ‘While carrying out some tree-felling for Ashcroft, a local forester told him that the commission were trying to find ways of scarifying local woods without using heavy and expensive machinery.’
- ‘We scarify the top 2 to 12 inches, add the proper amount of moisture, compact the subgrade, then fine-grade for paving.’
- ‘The points at which the steel meets the wall correspond to the pattern of stratification, as if the wall has been scarified as it admits the structure.’
- ‘For the control of collar rot disease, the infected collar region of the trees should be scarified with the blunt side of a knife and pasted with copper oxychloride or mancozeb or metalaxyl.’
- ‘It's a good time to scarify lawns and remove the dead grass called thatch.’
- ‘The green is regularly spiked, cored and scarified and is mowed three times a week during the bowling season.’
- ‘This scarifies the hard coating on the outside which protects them for years if need be.’
- ‘Continue to scarify lawns with a wire-tined lawn rake.’
- ‘After the lawn is mended, it can be scarified to remove debris and thatch, which is a layer of material that builds up on the surface of the soil.’
- 1.1 Break up the surface of (soil or a road or pavement).
- ‘Add attachments, and you can also scarify hard ground, rip up asphalt, and doze construction materials.’
- ‘Seedling counts show 11,000 to 22,000 white birch seedlings per acre where the ground was scarified and no seedlings where it was not.’
- ‘If dethatching is required, use an iron rake or a thatch rake (also known as a scrake) to cut through and rake off thatch, and to scarify the surface.’
- ‘They intend to scarify the top layer to a depth of a few inches prior to next season.’
- ‘Reverse is better for controlled cutting, pulverizing clods, sorting debris from soil, and scarifying hard ground.’
- ‘We seem to be scarifying sites much earlier after harvesting, now as fast as two to three months later.’
- ‘It is expected that it should be able to rip ice to the same depth it scarifies soil.’
2Make shallow incisions in (the skin), especially as a medical procedure or traditional cosmetic practice.‘she scarified the snakebite with a paring knife’
- ‘This surface effect gives his drawings yet another bodily reference, perhaps unintended, in its resemblance to scarified skin.’
- ‘I also recall an unfortunate Laotian woman who scarified her back in an attempt to treat her menstrual problems.’
- ‘Thus, in Papua New Guinea the Kendengei people of the Sepik ritually scarify adolescent men.’
- ‘In the past, mild acids, or salt were used to scarify the skin but the scar could be as undesirable as the tattoo.’
3Criticize severely and hurtfully.‘he scarified our leading politicians, seizing upon their vulnerable points’
- ‘However, I don't want to scarify the community's open discussion just for those annoying spams.’
- ‘He went on to scarify the same companies for being only interested in putting on the tried and the tested to the exclusion of modern works by Irish writers and composers.’
- ‘From information released he seemingly has scarified both his Irish and Manchester colleagues.’
- ‘I was blackballed and blacklisted, vilified and scarified and was reduced to having to go incognito to Cleary's of Ballycroy to enjoy a pint or three.’
- ‘A staunch Wicklow supporter, he has been scarified for hoisting the Dublin colours in Balto.’
Late Middle English: from Old French scarifier, via late Latin from Greek skariphasthai ‘scratch an outline’, from skariphos ‘stylus’.
verb[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective scarifying
Frighten.‘a scarifying mix of extreme violence and absurdist humour’
frighten, make afraid, make fearful, make nervous, panic, throw into a panicView synonyms
- ‘The English novelist responsible for the most scarifying account of literary humiliation ever put into print died a hundred years ago this month.’
Late 18th century: formed irregularly from scare, perhaps on the pattern of terrify.
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