Scutching
Scutch Scutch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scutched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scutching}.] [See {Scotch} to cut slightly.] 1. To beat or whip; to drub. [Old or Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster]

2. To separate the woody fiber from (flax, hemp, etc.) by beating; to swingle. [1913 Webster]

3. To loosen and dress the fiber of (cotton or silk) by beating; to free (fibrous substances) from dust by beating and blowing. [1913 Webster]

{Scutching machine}, a machine used to scutch cotton, silk, or flax; -- called also {batting machine}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Scutched — Scutch Scutch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scutched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scutching}.] [See {Scotch} to cut slightly.] 1. To beat or whip; to drub. [Old or Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster] 2. To separate the woody fiber from (flax, hemp, etc.) by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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