from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make shallow cuts in (the skin), as when vaccinating.
- transitive v. To create a design on (the skin) by means of shallow cuts that are sometimes rubbed with a colorant or irritant to enhance the resulting scar tissue.
- transitive v. To break up the surface of (topsoil or pavement).
- transitive v. To distress deeply, as with severe criticism; lacerate.
- transitive v. Botany To slit or soften the outer coat of (seeds) in order to speed germination.
- transitive v. To scare.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To scar.
- v. Denude, or lay waste to.
- v. To remove thatch (build-up of organic matter on the soil) from a lawn, to de-thatch.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To scratch or cut the skin of; esp. (Med.), to make small incisions in, by means of a lancet or scarificator, so as to draw blood from the smaller vessels without opening a large vein.
- transitive v. To stir the surface soil of, as a field.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In surgery, to scratch or make superficial incisions in: as, to scarify the gums.
- To stir up and prepare for sowing or planting by means of a scarifier: as, to scarify the soil.
- Figuratively, to harrow or rasp, as the feelings.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. break up
- v. scratch the surface of
- v. puncture and scar (the skin), as for purposes or tribal identification or rituals
Middle English scarifien, from Old French scarifier, from Late Latin scarīficāre, alteration of Latin scarīfāre, from Greek skarīphāsthai, to sketch, scratch, from skarīphos, pencil, stylus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)