1. a mark left by a healed wound, sore, or burn.
  2. a lasting aftereffect of trouble, especially a lasting psychological injury resulting from suffering or trauma.
  3. any blemish remaining as a trace of or resulting from injury or use.
  4. Botany. a mark indicating a former point of attachment, as where a leaf has fallen from a stem.

verb (used with object), scarred, scar·ring.

  1. to mark with a scar.

verb (used without object), scarred, scar·ring.

  1. to form a scar in healing.


  1. any mark left on the skin or other tissue following the healing of a wound
  2. a permanent change in a person’s character resulting from emotional distresshis wife’s death left its scars on him
  3. the mark on a plant indicating the former point of attachment of a part, esp the attachment of a leaf to a stem
  4. a mark of damage; blemish

verb scars, scarring or scarred

  1. to mark or become marked with a scar
  2. (intr) to heal leaving a scar


  1. an irregular enlongated trench-like feature on a land surface that often exposes bedrock
  2. a similar formation in a river or sea

adj.mid-15c., past participle adjective from scar (v.). Transferred use by c.1600. n.late 14c., from Old French escare “scab” (Modern French escarre), from Late Latin eschara, from Greek eskhara “scab formed after a burn,” literally “hearth, fireplace,” of unknown origin. English sense probably influenced by Middle English skar (late 14c.) “crack, cut, incision,” from Old Norse skarð, related to score (n.). Figurative sense attested from 1580s. v.1550s, from scar (n.1). Figurative use from 1590s. Related: Scarred; scarring. n.2“bare and broken rocky face of a cliff or mountain,” 1670s, earlier “rock, crag” (14c.), perhaps from Old Norse sker “isolated rock or low reef in the sea,” from Proto-Germanic *sker- “to cut” (see shear (v.)). n.

  1. The fibrous tissue that replaces normal tissue destroyed by injury or disease.


  1. To mark with a scar or become marked with a scar.
  2. To form scar.

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