One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Cut and remove debris from (a lawn) with a scarifier.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The green is regularly spiked, cored and scarified and is mowed three times a week during the bowling season.’
- ‘Prior to disinfection, VIR4788 and VIR7128 seeds were also treated for 15 min with 98% H 2 SO 4 to scarify the seed coat.’
- ‘It's a good time to scarify lawns and remove the dead grass called thatch.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Other scenes open out into Mantegna's typical landscapes - rocky mountains scarified by striations and pockmarked with classical ruins.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘On a dry day, scarify the lawn to remove unwanted thatch and then aerate and top-dress any badly drained areas.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Continue to scarify lawns with a wire-tined lawn rake.’
- ‘Avoid scarifying lawns with live moss in them as it will cause the problem to spread.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Viable seeds were extracted from the pods, scarified with a file, and germinated in the Botany Department greenhouse facilities at the University of Georgia.’
- ‘Thatch removal is done by scarifying the grass.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘This scarifies the hard coating on the outside which protects them for years if need be.’
- ‘We scarify the top 2 to 12 inches, add the proper amount of moisture, compact the subgrade, then fine-grade for paving.’
- 1.1 Break up the surface of (soil or pavement).
- ‘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.’
- ‘Add attachments, and you can also scarify hard ground, rip up asphalt, and doze construction materials.’
- ‘It is expected that it should be able to rip ice to the same depth it scarifies soil.’
- ‘We seem to be scarifying sites much earlier after harvesting, now as fast as two to three months later.’
- ‘Reverse is better for controlled cutting, pulverizing clods, sorting debris from soil, and scarifying hard ground.’
2Make shallow incisions in (the skin), especially as a medical procedure or traditional cosmetic practice.‘she scarified the snakebite with a paring knife’
- ‘In the past, mild acids, or salt were used to scarify the skin but the scar could be as undesirable as the tattoo.’
- ‘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.’
3Criticize severely and hurtfully.
- ‘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.’
- ‘A staunch Wicklow supporter, he has been scarified for hoisting the Dublin colours in Balto.’
- ‘However, I don't want to scarify the community's open discussion just for those annoying spams.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘From information released he seemingly has scarified both his Irish and Manchester colleagues.’
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 humor’
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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