Scud v. i. [imp. & p. p. Scudded; p. pr. & vb. n. Scudding.]
1. To move swiftly; especially, to move as if driven forward by something.
The first nautilus that scudded upon the glassy surface of warm primeval oceans. --I. Taylor.
The wind was high; the vast white clouds scudded over the blue heaven. --Beaconsfield.
2. Naut. To be driven swiftly, or to run, before a gale, with little or no sail spread.
Scud, v. t. To pass over quickly. [R.]
1. The act of scudding; a driving along; a rushing with precipitation.
2. Loose, vapory clouds driven swiftly by the wind.
Borne on the scud of the sea. --Longfellow.
The scud was flying fast above us, throwing a veil over the moon. --Sir S. Baker.
3. A slight, sudden shower. [Prov. Eng.]
4. Zool. A small flight of larks, or other birds, less than a flock. [Prov. Eng.]
5. Zool. Any swimming amphipod crustacean.
Storm scud. See the Note under Cloud.
n : the act of moving along swiftly (as before a gale) [syn: scudding]
v 1: run or move very quickly or hastily; "She dashed into the
yard" [syn: dart, dash, scoot, flash, shoot]
2: run before a gale [syn: rack]
[also: scudding, scudded]