There are 2 definitions of scrap in English:

scrap1

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noun

  • 1A small piece or amount of something, especially one that is left over after the greater part has been used: I scribbled her address on a scrap of paper scraps of information
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    • All of the Security Council resolutions and condemnations would still be issued and still be ignored, scraps of paper amounting to nothing.
    • The room fell temporarily silent as the three pieced together all scraps of information.
    • He always had a treat for me; a piece of lard, scraps of smoked fish or ham served with a bright smile and a pat on the head.
    Synonyms
    fragment, piece, bit, offcut, oddment, snippet, snip, tatter, wisp, shred, remnantbit, speck, iota, particle, ounce, whit, jot, atom, shred, crumb, morsel, fragment, grain, drop, hint, touch, trace, suggestion, whisper, suspicion, scintilla, spot, mite, tittle, jot or tittle, modicum; Irish stim
    informal smidgen, smidge, tad
    archaic scantling, scruple
  • 1.1 (scraps) Bits of uneaten food left after a meal: he filled Sammy’s bowls with fresh water and scraps
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    • Never leave any food, even leftover scraps or candy bars, around your tent or campfire.
    • For the raccoons, he left food scraps in a hubcap dish leashed by chain to a tree so the animals wouldn't drag it under the cottage.
    • Remember, baits will only be effective if there is no other accessible food around, for example dirty dishes, food scraps.
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  • 1.2Used to emphasize the lack or smallness of something: there was not a scrap of aggression in him every scrap of green land is up for grabs by development
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    • No amount of festive tips on the perfect table centrepiece or how to wrap an awkwardly-shaped present will make a scrap of difference.
    • Without a scrap of make-up, the chocolate-box prettiness is still there: the clear turquoise eyes, creamy skin and chiselled bone structure are luminous.
    • So you have an ethics officer in a department or corporation, but no one will take a scrap of notice of them.
  • 1.3A particularly small thing of its kind: she was wearing a short black skirt and a tiny scrap of a top
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    • Is he referring to the big part where they're growing opium and selling it for weapons, or the tiny scrap our guy holds with a lot of help from our guns?
    • Maybe that's why everyone has taken the news to heart - she's such a scrap of a thing that we greet her illness not unlike the wounding of a tiny bird.
  • 2 (also scrap metal) [mass noun] Discarded metal for reprocessing: the steamer was eventually sold for scrap
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    • If all else fails, the cylinders can be recycled as scrap metal at your local metal yard.
    • Speer said he was unaware that soldiers were searching landfills for scrap metal and discarded glass.
    • Undaunted, he used his welding skills to sculpt an emu from scrap metal and when it sold for £200 he was launched on a new career.
  • 2.1 [often as modifier] Any waste articles or discarded material: we’re burning scrap lumber he painted scenes on cardboard shirt boxes and other scrap material
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    • Once you find out they don't fit as planned, prepare to wedge some scrap pieces of material to fill the gaps.
    • ‘The event also involved sleeping outside in a ‘refugee camp’ built out of scrap materials.’
    • We have worked with a lot of scrap materials, which we have now painted up.
    Synonyms
    waste, refuse, garbage, rubbish, litter, discarded matter, debris, detritus, dross; flotsam and jetsam, lumber; North American trash; Australian/New Zealand mullock
    informal dreck, junk
    British informal grot, gash
    rare draff, raffle, raff, cultch, orts

verb (scraps, scrapping, scrapped)

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Origin

late Middle English (as a plural noun denoting fragments of uneaten food): from Old Norse skrap 'scraps'; related to skrapa 'to scrape'. The verb dates from the late 19th century.

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There are 2 definitions of scrap in English:

scrap2

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Pronunciation: /skrap
 
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informal

noun

verb (scraps, scrapping, scrapped)

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scrapper

noun
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  • The Democratic Party is seen as soft and welfare friendly to small town scrappers who feel they've had to fight for all they had.
  • There's no doubt the Aussies are better scrappers than most of the other teams and that's seen them in good stead so far.
  • You respected him as an unbelievable scrapper with a never-say-die ferocity to play every match as if it was his last.

Origin

late 17th century (as a noun in the sense 'sinister plot, scheme'): perhaps from the noun scrape.

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