Scrub definition

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Vegetation consisting chiefly of shrubs and small trees.
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(slang) A contemptible or incompetent person.
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To clean or wash something by hard rubbing.

Don't forget to scrub behind your ears.

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An area covered with such vegetation; shrubland.
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A domestic animal that is feral or not purebred.
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(slang) A contemptible or incompetent person.
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Short, stunted trees, bushes, or shrubs growing thickly together.
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To call off a scheduled event; to cancel.

Engineers had to scrub the satellite launch due to bad weather.

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Scrub means small, poor or inferior.

An example of scrub used as an adjective is in the phrase "a scrub vegetable," which means a dirty, rotting vegetable.

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Scrub is defined as to clean by rubbing hard.

An example of to scrub is to rub a bathroom with a sponge and cleansing liquid really hard to get it clean.

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The definition of a scrub is any person, animal or thing that is smaller in size, or the act of rubbing something really hard to clean it.

An example of a scrub is a stunted, scraggly plant.

An example of a scrub is an intense cleaning of a dirty bathtub.

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To maintain the integrity of by finding and correcting errors.

Software that automatically scrubs stored data.

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To erase in such a way as to render unrecoverable.

Scrubbed the laptop's hard drive to destroy incriminating evidence.

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To remove impurities from (a gas) chemically.
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(slang) To cancel or abandon; drop.

We had to scrub our plans for vacation.

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To rub hard in order to clean.

Scrubbed the floor.

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To remove (dirt or stains) by hard rubbing.
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To maintain the integrity of by finding and correcting errors.

Software that automatically scrubs stored data.

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To erase in such a way as to render unrecoverable.

Scrubbed the laptop's hard drive to destroy incriminating evidence.

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To clean or wash something by hard rubbing.

Don't forget to scrub behind your ears.

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(sports) A player not on the varsity or first team.
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Vegetation consisting chiefly of shrubs and small trees.
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An area covered with such vegetation; shrubland.
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A domestic animal that is feral or not purebred.
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(sports) A player not on the varsity or first team.
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A scraggly, stunted tree or shrub.
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Land covered with such growth.
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Any animal or thing smaller than the usual, or inferior in quality, breed, etc.
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Any small or insignificant person.
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A player not on the varsity squad or regular team.
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A secondary or practice team made up of such players.
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Mean; poor; inferior.
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Undersized, undernourished, or stunted.
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(sports) Of or for the scrubs.
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To clean or wash by rubbing or brushing hard.
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To remove (dirt, etc.) by brushing or rubbing.
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To rub hard.
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To cleanse (a gas) of impurities.
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To cancel or call off (esp. a rocket launch before or during the countdown)
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To get rid of; eliminate.
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To clean something by rubbing, as with a brush.
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The act of scrubbing.
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A person who scrubs.
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Mean; dirty; contemptible; scrubby.
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One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow.
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A worn-out brush.

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A thicket or jungle, often specified by the name of the prevailing plant; as, oak scrub, palmetto scrub, etc.
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(US, stock breeding) One of the common livestock of a region of no particular breed or not of pure breed, especially when inferior in size, etc. Often used to refer to male animals unsuited for breeding.
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Vegetation of inferior quality, though sometimes thick and impenetrable, growing in poor soil or in sand; also, brush.
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One not on the first team of players, a substitute.
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To rub hard; to wash with rubbing; usually, to rub with a wet brush, or with something coarse or rough, for the purpose of cleaning or brightening; as, to scrub a floor, a doorplate.
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(intransitive) To rub anything hard, especially with a wet brush; to scour;
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(intransitive, figuratively) To be diligent and penurious; as, to scrub hard for a living.
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(databases) To eliminate or to correct data from a set of records to bring it inline with other similar datasets.

The street segment data from the National Post Office will need to be scrubbed before it can be integrated into our system.

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(audio) To move a recording tape back and forth with a scrubbing-like motion to produce a scratching sound, or to do so by a similar use of a control on an editing system.
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(audio, video) To maneuver the play position on a media editing system by using a scroll bar.
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An instance of scrubbing.
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A worn-out brush.
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One who scrubs.
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(medicine, in the plural) Clothing worn while performing surgery.
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An exfoliant for the body.
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To remove impurities from (a gas) chemically.
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(slang) To cancel or abandon; drop.

We had to scrub our plans for vacation.

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To rub hard in order to clean.

Scrubbed the floor.

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To remove (dirt or stains) by hard rubbing.
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The act or an instance of scrubbing.
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A preparation or product used in scrubbing.
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The articles of clothing that make up a scrub suit.
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The act or an instance of scrubbing.
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A preparation or product used in scrubbing.
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The articles of clothing that make up a scrub suit.
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One who is incompetent or unable to complete easy tasks.

You are such a scrub! Instead of washing the dishes you put the used food on your face!

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
scrub
Plural:
scrubs

Origin of scrub

  • Middle English shrubben, scrobben to currycomb a horse, rub oneself from Middle Dutch schrobben to clean by rubbing, scrape sker-1 in Indo-European roots

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

  • Middle English shrubben, scrobben to currycomb a horse, rub oneself from Middle Dutch schrobben to clean by rubbing, scrape sker-1 in Indo-European roots

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

  • Middle English variant of shrub shrub1

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

  • Middle English variant of shrub shrub1

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

  • From Middle English scrobben (“groom a horse with a currycomb"); From Middle Dutch schrobben (“clean by scrubbing")

    From Wiktionary