Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
skydeto shoot, shove, push, akin to
skudshot, gunshot, a shoot, young bough, and to E.
shoot. √159. See
To move swiftly; especially, to move as if driven forward by something.
The first nautilus that
scuddedupon the glassy surface of warm primeval oceans.
The wind was high; the vast white clouds
scuddedover the blue heaven.
To be driven swiftly, or to run, before a gale, with little or no sail spread.
To pass over quickly.
The act of scudding; a driving along; a rushing with precipitation.
Loose, vapory clouds driven swiftly by the wind.
Borne on the
scudof the sea.
scudwas flying fast above us, throwing a veil over the moon.
Sir S. Baker.
A slight, sudden shower.
A small flight of larks, or other birds, less than a flock.
Any swimming amphipod crustacean.
See the Note under
Webster 1828 Edition
1. In a gereral sense, to be driven or to flee or fly with haste. In seamen's language, to be driven with precipitation before a tempest. This is done with a sail extended on the foremast of the ship, or when the wind is too violent, without any sail set, which is called scudding under bare poles.
2. To run with precipitation; to fly.
1. A low thin cloud, or thin clould driven by the wind.
2. A driving along; a rushing with precipitation.