from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. From the beginning; starting with no advantage or prior preparation.
  • adv. From basic materials or raw ingredients.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. from the beginning, especially without relying on resources or other advantages


From the scratch drawn in the ground serving as the starting line of a foot race. A runner “starting from scratch” received no handicap, but started at the beginning of the course. (Wiktionary)


  • Whereas the original Seaquest and her sister ship Sea Venture had been derived from the Akademik-class Russian research vessel, designed originally for acoustic submarine surveillance during the Cold War, Seaquest II was an entirely new concept planned from scratch to IMU specifications.

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  • Motorhomes are either built from scratch by the manufacturer, including the custom-made chassis/frame, or built on a standard chassis/frame manufactured by someone else typically GM or Ford.

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  • The special cameras, projectors and theatres were developed from scratch by IMAX Corporation, today based in Toronto and New York City.

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  • She broke only to head downstreet and, later, to kneel for the Angelus at noon and to have tea and a little sandwich of some sort before spending all afternoon on our supper—starting the soup, slicing the vegetables, mixing or roasting or basting the main course, icing the dessert, everything—the works—made up from scratch and passed through the little doorway my father had cut between her pantry and ours.

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  • He built a 1974 Honda CB360T motorcycle from scratch and customized it as a caf racer with clipped handlebars and a huge 9-inch bucket headlight.


  • Baudoin was confident that if countertrade were successfully implemented, Merban would be very competitive even though it would be starting from scratch in Indonesia.

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