verb (scuds, scudding, scudded)[no object]
Move fast in a straight line because or as if driven by the wind: we lie watching the clouds scudding across the sky three small ships were scudding before a brisk breeze
More example sentences
- Her opponent would send the ball scudding across the net.
- Sunlight broke through the clouds, islands of light scudding across the countryside.
- She looked upward, and witnessed several small clouds scudding across the sky, as if bent on a happy errand as she was herself.
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2 (Scud, also Scud missile) A type of long-range surface-to-surface guided missile able to be fired from a mobile launcher.
- Because the Scud missile tended to breakup during the final phase of its trajectory (re-entry into the atmosphere), multiple targets would appear on the radar screen.
- Let's all admit it right up front: We'd like to see that guy launched through the bar's window like a human Scud missile.
- I just don't think people are going to, you know, get in the mine shaft and fall between the slats and say here's a Scud missile and here's the weapon of mass destruction.
mid 16th century (as a verb): perhaps an alteration of the noun scut1, thus reflecting the sense 'race like a hare'.
Entry from British & World English dictionary