Scour Definition

skour
scoured, scouring, scours
verb
scoured, scouring, scours
To clean or polish by vigorous rubbing, as with abrasives, soap and water, etc.; make clean and bright.
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To become clean and bright by being scoured.
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To remove dirt and grease from (wool, etc.)
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To wash away, or remove in this way.
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To clean things by vigorous rubbing and polishing.
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noun
scours
The act of scouring.
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A cleansing agent used in scouring.
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A scoured place, as a part of a channel where mud has been washed away.
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Dysentery in cattle, etc.
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Origin of Scour

  • Middle English scouren from Middle Dutch scūren from Old French escurer from Late Latin excūrāre to clean out Latin ex- ex- Late Latin cūrāre to clean (from Latin to take care of) (from cūra care cure)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English, from Middle Dutch scuren, schuren (“to polish, to clean"), and from Old French escurer, both from Late Latin excuro (“clean off"), from Latin ex (“thoroughly") + curo (“take care of")

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English scouren to move swiftly probably of Scandinavian origin Old Norse skūr shower

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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