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Definitions

Cars & Driving

  • verb (to) cut or scratch with a pointed instrument, e.g. (in) a painted surface, for testing purposes or to mark the position of a part

Construction

  • To mark and cut the edge of a member for an irregular cut that will allow it to fit a similarly irregular space.

Electronics

  • To cut a grid pattern of grooves in a material to facilitate breaking, cutting, or the like.

Origin & History of “scribe”

Scribe is at the centre of a large network of English words that go back to Latin scrībere ‘write’. Others include ascribe (15th c.), describe, scribble (15th c.), and shrive, while its past participle scriptus has contributed script (14th c.), scripture (13th c.), and transcript (13th c.). Scribe itself comes from the Latin derivative scrība ‘official writer’. Scrībere went back to an Indo-European base which meant ‘cut, incise’, reflecting the origins of writing in carving marks on stone, wood, or clay; this was *skreibh-, an extension of *sker-, from which English gets shear, short, etc.
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