Scour meaning

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To scour is defined as to clean or polish, often by hard scrubbing, or to get rid of something negative.

An example of to scour is to clean out a greasy pot.

An example of to scour is to get rid of fleas in a home.

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To clean (wheat) before the milling process.
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To clear (an area) by freeing of weeds or other vegetation.
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To clear (a channel or pipe) by flushing.
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To scrub something in order to clean or polish it.
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To range over or about an area, especially in a search.
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To range over or move through in a painstaking way, as in search or pursuit.

To scour a town for an escaped convict.

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To run or range about, as in search or pursuit.
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To remove dirt or grease from (cloth or fibers) by means of a detergent.
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To have diarrhea. Used of livestock.
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A scouring action or effect.
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A place that has been scoured, as by flushing with water.
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A cleansing agent for wool.
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Diarrhea in livestock.
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To search through or over thoroughly.

The detective scoured the scene of the crime for clues.

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To range over (an area) quickly and energetically.
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To move swiftly; scurry.
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To clean or polish by vigorous rubbing, as with abrasives, soap and water, etc.; make clean and bright.
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To remove dirt and grease from (wool, etc.)
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To clear the intestines of; purge.
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To clean (wheat)
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To remove as if by cleaning; sweep away; get rid of.
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To clean things by vigorous rubbing and polishing.
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To become clean and bright by being scoured.
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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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Diarrhea in livestock.
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To clean, polish, or wash something by scrubbing it vigorously.

He scoured the burner pans to remove the burnt spills.

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To remove by rubbing or cleansing; to sweep along or off.

He scoured the burnt food from the pan.

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They scoured the scene of the crime for clues.

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(intransitive) To move swiftly over; to brush along.
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(intransitive, veterinary medicine) Of livestock, to suffer from diarrhea.

If a lamb is scouring, do not delay treatment.

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(veterinary medicine) To purge.

To scour a horse.

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