A scrap is a little leftover bit of something. You might jot down notes on a scrap of paper, or you might toss a scrap of food to your happy dog.

A scrap is typically a small item that originally was part of something larger, like a scrap of fabric that was once part of a larger piece. Scrap can also describe something that’s no longer useful. For example, you might take scrap metal to the recycling center. A final meaning of the noun scrap is "fight," as in "I got into a scrap with my brother." Scrap also has a verb form that means "discard." When you scrap your plan to move to the Bahamas, that means you’re abandoning the plan.

Primary Meanings of scrap

a small fragment of something broken off from the whole
dispose of (something useless or old)
the act of fighting; any contest or struggle
have a disagreement over something
Full Definitions of scrap

n a small fragment of something broken off from the whole

bit, chip, flake, fleck
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fragments of wood
exfoliation, scale, scurf
a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin
(botany) a covering that resembles scales or bran that covers some plant parts
sliver, splinter
a small thin sharp bit of wood or glass or metal
small scales from animal skins or hair or bird feathers that can cause allergic reactions in some people
loose scales shed from the scalp
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a piece broken off or cut off of something else

n a small piece of something that is left over after the rest has been used

“she jotted it on a scrap of paper”
“there was not a scrap left”
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a separate part of a whole

n worthless material that is to be disposed of

rubbish, trash
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scrap metal
discarded metal suitable for reprocessing
debris, detritus, dust, junk, rubble
the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
rubbish carelessly dropped or left about (especially in public places)
dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve
scrap iron
iron to be melted again and reworked
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waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product
any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted

v dispose of (something useless or old)

scrap your old computer”
junk, trash
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cast aside, cast away, cast out, chuck out, discard, dispose, fling, put away, throw away, throw out, toss, toss away, toss out
throw or cast away

v make into scrap or refuse

scrap the old airplane and sell the parts”
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change the nature, purpose, or function of something

n the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

“the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap
combat, fight, fighting
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gunfight, gunplay, shootout
a fight involving shooting small arms with the intent to kill or frighten
brush, clash, encounter, skirmish
a minor short-term fight
close-quarter fighting
hand-to-hand fighting at close quarters
a violent fight between dogs (sometimes organized illegally for entertainment and gambling)
the art or sport of fighting with swords (especially the use of foils or epees or sabres to score points under a set of rules)
conflict between members of the same organization (usually concealed from outsiders)
a brief but vigorous fight
impact, shock
the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat
dogfight, hassle, rough-and-tumble, scuffle, tussle
disorderly fighting
affaire d'honneur, duel
a prearranged fight with deadly weapons by two people (accompanied by seconds) in order to settle a quarrel over a point of honor
fistfight, fisticuffs, slugfest
a fight with bare fists
banging, battering
the act of subjecting to strong attack
beating, whipping
the act of overcoming or outdoing
affray, disturbance, fray, ruffle
a noisy fight
brawl, free-for-all
a noisy fight in a crowd
cut-and-thrust, knife fight, snickersnee
fighting with knives
gang fight, rumble
a fight between rival gangs of adolescents
single combat
a fight between two people
an awkward clash
a fistfight
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battle, conflict, struggle
an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)

v have a disagreement over something

“These two fellows are always scrapping over something”
altercate, argufy, dispute, quarrel
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brawl, wrangle
to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively
engage in a brief and petty quarrel
polemicise, polemicize, polemise, polemize
engage in a controversy
fall out
have a breach in relations
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argue, contend, debate, fence
have an argument about something

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