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Meaning of scrabble

scrab•ble

Pronunciation: (skrab'ul), [key]
— v., n. -bled, -bling,
—v.t.
  1. to scratch or scrape, as with the claws or hands.
  2. to grapple or struggle with or as if with the claws or hands.
  3. to scrawl; scribble.
—v.i.
  1. to scratch or dig frantically with the hands; claw (often fol. by at): scrabbling at a locked door to escape the flames.
  2. to jostle or struggle for possession of something; grab or collect something in a disorderly way; scramble.
—n.
  1. a scratching or scraping, as with the claws or hands.
  2. a scrawled or scribbled writing.
  3. a disorderly struggle for possession of something; scramble: After the fumble, there was a scrabble for the football.

Scrab•ble

Pronunciation: (skrab'ul), [key]
— Trademark. Trademark.
  1. a brand name for a game combining anagrams and crosswords in which two to four players use counters of various point values to form words on a playing board.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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