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Etymology 1[edit]

From descry < Middle English decrien < Old French descrier


scry (third-person singular simple present scries, present participle scrying, simple past and past participle scried)

  1. To predict the future using crystal balls.
    The fortune teller claimed she could scry [into] the future.
  2. (obsolete) To descry; to see.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)


Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Middle English ascrie


scry (plural scries)

  1. (obsolete) A cry or shout.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ld. Berners to this entry?)
  2. A flock of wildfowl.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.