scratch 1. [from `scratchpad'] /adj./ Describes a data
structure or recording medium attached to a machine for testing or
temporary-use purposes; one that can be scribbled on without
loss. Usually in the combining forms `scratch memory',
`scratch register', `scratch disk', `scratch tape',
`scratch volume'. See also scratch monkey. 2. [primarily
IBM] /vt./ To delete (as in a file).
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