Pronunciation: (skar'u-fī"), [key]
—v.t., -fied, -fy•ing.
1. to make scratches or superficial incisions in (the skin, a wound, etc.), as in vaccination.
2. to lacerate by severe criticism.
3. to loosen (the soil) with a type of cultivator.
4. to hasten the sprouting of (hard-covered seeds) by making incisions in the seed coats.
5. to break up (a road surface).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.