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Dictionary Definition

scrap adj : disposed of as useless; "waste paper" [syn: cast-off(a), discarded, junked, scrap(a), waste]


1 a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; "a bit of rock caught him in the eye" [syn: bit, chip, flake, fleck]
2 worthless material that is to be disposed of [syn: rubbish, trash]
3 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"
4 the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap" [syn: fight, fighting, combat]


1 dispose of (something useless or old); "trash these old chairs"; "junk an old car"; "scrap your old computer" [syn: trash, junk]
2 have a disagreement over something; "We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America"; "These tewo fellows are always scrapping over something" [syn: quarrel, dispute, argufy, altercate]
3 make into scrap or refuse; "scrap the old airplane and sell the parts" [also: scrapping, scrapped]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /skræp/
  • Rhymes with: -æp

Etymology 1


  1. A (small) leftover piece.
    I found a scrap of cloth to patch the hole.
  2. (usually plural) leftover food.
    Give the scraps to the dogs and watch them fight.
  3. Discarded material (especially metal), junk.
    That car isn't good for anything but scrap.


  1. to discard
  2. to scrapbook; to create scrapbooks

Etymology 2


scrap (plural: scraps)
  1. A fight, tussle, skirmish.
    We got in a little scrap over who should pay the bill.
  2. Sureño gangster
    Watchout for those scraps; they're dangerous!


  1. to fight

Extensive Definition

Scrap may refer to anything that is leftover. For example, a lumber yard may sell left over bits of wood from manufacturing as scrap. Scrap is commonly used to describe recyclable materials of monetary value that are separated from trash or salvaged.

Recyclable materials

Scrap is a term used to describe recyclable materials left over from every manner of product consumption, such as parts of vehicles, building supplies, and surplus materials. Often confused with waste, scrap in fact has monetary value and is one of the United States' largest exports.
Overall, the scrap industry processes more than 145 million tons of recyclable material each year into raw material feedstock for industrial manufacturing around the world. The industry contributed $65 billion in 2006 and is one of the few contributing positively to the U.S. balance of trade, exporting $15.7 billion in scrap commodities in 2006. Scrap recycling also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserves energy and natural resources. For example, scrap recycling diverts 145 million tons of materials away from landfills. Recycled scrap is a raw material feedstock for 2 out of 3 pounds of steel made in the U.S., for 60% of the metals and alloys produced in the U.S., for more than 50% of the U.S. paper industry’s needs, and for 33% of U.S. aluminum. Recycled scrap helps keep air and water cleaner by removing potentially hazardous materials and keeping them out of landfills.
Scrap is often taken to a wrecking yard (known colloquially as a scrapyard), where it is processed for later melting into new products. A scrapyard (also known as a breaker's yard), depending on its location, may allow customers to browse their lot and purchase items before they are sent to the smelters although many scrap yards that deal in large quantities of scrap usually do not, often selling entire units such as engines or machinery by weight with no regard to their functional status. Customers are typically required to supply all of their own tools and labor to extract parts, and some scrapyards may first require waiving liability for personal injury before entering. Many scrapyards also sell bulk metals (stainless steel, etc) by weight, often at prices substantially below the retail purchasing costs of similar pieces.
In contrast to a wreckers, scrapyards typically sell everything by weight, rather than by item. To the scrapyard, the primary value of the scrap is what the smelter will give them for it, rather than the value of whatever shape the metal may be in. An auto wrecker, on the other hand, would price the exact same scrap based on what the item does, regardless of what it weighs. Typically, if a wrecker can not sell something above the value of the metal in it, they would then take it to the scrapyard and sell it by weight. Equipment containing parts of various metals can often be purchased at a price below that of either of the metals, due to saving the scrapyard the labor of separating the metals before shipping them to be recycled. As an example, a scrapyard in Arcata, California sells automobile engines for $0.25 per pound, while aluminum, of which the engine is mostly made, sells for $1.25 per pound.
Note that in the scrap metal industry a great potential exists for accidents in which a hazardous material present in scrap causes death, injury or environmental damage. A classic example is radioactivity in scrap; see the Goiânia accident for an example of an accident involving radioactive material which entered the scrap metal industry and some details of the behavior of contaminating chemical elements in metal smelters. The general nature of many of the tools used in scrapyards such as Alligator shear, which cut metal using hydraulics give themselves the need for safety.


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scrap in Danish: Skrot
scrap in German: Schrott
scrap in Spanish: Chatarra
scrap in French: Ferraille
scrap in Italian: Cascame
scrap in Hebrew: מיחזור מתכת
scrap in Japanese: スクラップ
scrap in Polish: Szrot
scrap in Russian: Металлолом
scrap in Finnish: Romurauta
scrap in Swedish: Skrot

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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