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a. waste material or used articles, esp metal, often collected and reprocessed
b. (as modifier): scrap iron



metallic raw material in the form of industrial waste and rejects, intended for remelting into usable metal.


Any solid material cutting or reject of a manufacturing operation, which may be suitable for recycling as feedstock to the primary operation; for example, scrap from plastic or glass molding or metalworking.


Something written at CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa in the late 1970s. It ran on Interdata and Perkin-Elmer computers and was in use until the late 1980s.

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According to Lloyd's List, a U.K.-based publication covering the maritime industry, roughly 232 vessels were scrapped during the first 10 months of last year, compared to 422 ships that were scrapped during the same time in 2004.
The shape of the extrusion is ruined at the clamped ends, so these ends are trimmed and scrapped. "The nature of the operation is such that even our best operations probably only use 82 percent of the metal," notes Brown.
As auto dismantlers continue to remove aluminum wheels and catalytic converters from scrapped autos, shredder operators' profitability is affected to varying degrees