Scratch is an educational programming language and multimedia authoring tool that can be used by pupils, teachers, and parents for a range of educational and entertainment constructivist projects from math and science projects, including simulations and visualizations of experiments, recording lectures with animated presentations, to social sciences animated stories, and interactive art and music. Simple games can be made with it, as well. Playing with the existing projects available on the Scratch website, or modifying and testing any modification without saving it requires no online registration.

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  1. A disruption, mark or shallow cut on a surface made by scratching.
  2. An act of scratching the skin to alleviate an itch or irritation.
  3. A starting line (originally and simply, a line scratched in the ground), as in boxing.
  4. A foul in pool, as where the cue ball is put into a pocket or jumps off the table.
  5. A shot which scores by chance and not as intended by the player; a fluke.
  6. Money.
  7. A technical error of touching or surpassing the starting mark prior to the official start signal in the sporting events of long jump, discus, hammer throw, shot put, and similar. Originally the starting mark was a scratch on the ground but is now a board or precisely indicated mark.
  8. A feed, usually a mixture of a few common grains, given to chickens.
  9. Minute, but tender and troublesome, excoriations, covered with scabs, upon the heels of horses which have been used where it is very wet or muddy.
  10. A kind of wig covering only a portion of the head.


  1. To rub a surface with a sharp object, especially by a living creature to remove itching with nails, claws, etc.
    Could you please scratch my back?
  2. To rub the skin with rough material causing a sensation of irritation.
    I don't like that new scarf because it scratches my neck.
  3. To mark a surface with a sharp object, thereby leaving a scratch (noun).
    A real diamond can easily scratch a pane of glass.
  4. To remove, ignore or delete.
    Scratch what I said earlier; I was wrong.
    When the favorite was scratched from the race, there was a riot at the betting windows.
  5. To produce a distinctive sound on a turntable by moving a vinyl record back and forth while manipulating the crossfader (see also ).
  6. To commit a foul in pool, as where the cue ball is put into a pocket or jumps off the table.
    Embarrassingly, he scratched on the break, popping the cue completely off the table.
  7. To score, not by skilful play but by some fortunate chance of the game.
  8. To write or draw hastily or awkwardly.
  9. To dig or excavate with the claws.
    Some animals scratch holes, in which they burrow.


  1. For or consisting of preliminary or tentative, incomplete, etc. work.
    This is scratch paper, so go ahead and scribble whatever you want on it.
  2. Hastily assembled; put together in a hurry or from disparate elements.
  3. Relating to a data structure or recording medium attached to a machine for testing or temporary use.
  4. Constructed from whatever materials are to hand.
  5. (of a player) Of a standard high enough to play without a handicap, i.e. to compete without the benefit of a variation in scoring based on ability.

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