browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

scouringmore about scouring


  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Scour  \Scour\  (skour),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Scoured};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Scouring}.]  [Akin  to  LG  sch["u]ren,  D.  schuren 
  schueren  G.  scheuern  Dan.  skure;  Sw  skura;  all  possibly 
  fr  LL  escurare  fr  L.  ex  +  curare  to  take  care  Cf 
  1.  To  rub  hard  with  something  rough,  as  sand  or  Bristol 
  brick,  especially  for  the  purpose  of  cleaning;  to  clean  by 
  friction;  to  make  clean  or  bright;  to  cleanse  from  grease, 
  dirt,  etc.,  as  articles  of  dress. 
  2.  To  purge;  as  to  scour  a  horse. 
  3.  To  remove  by  rubbing  or  cleansing;  to  sweep  along  or  off 
  to  carry  away  or  remove,  as  by  a  current  of  water;  -- 
  often  with  off  or  away 
  [I  will]  stain  my  favors  in  a  bloody  mask,  Which 
  washed  away  shall  scour  my  shame  with  it  --Shak. 
  4.  [Perhaps  a  different  word  cf  OF  escorre  escourre  It 
  scorrere  both  fr  L.  excurrere  to  run  forth.  Cf 
  {Excursion}.]  To  pass  swiftly  over  to  brush  along  to 
  traverse  or  search  thoroughly;  as  to  scour  the  coast. 
  Not  so  when  swift  Camilla  scours  the  plain.  --Pope. 
  {Scouring  barrel},  a  tumbling  barrel.  See  under  {Tumbling}. 
  {Scouring  cinder}  (Metal.),  a  basic  slag,  which  attacks  the 
  lining  of  a  shaft  furnace.  --Raymond. 
  {Scouring  rush}.  (Bot.)  See  {Dutch  rush},  under  {Dutch}. 
  {Scouring  stock}  (Woolen  Manuf.),  a  kind  of  fulling  mill. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  moving  over  territory  to  search  for  something  "scouring  the 
  entire  area  revealed  nothing" 
  2:  the  act  of  cleaning  a  surface  by  rubbing  it  with  a  brush  and 
  soap  and  water  [syn:  {scrub},  {scrubbing}] 

more about scouring