scour

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1scour

verb \ˈska(-ə)r\

Definition of SCOUR

transitive verb
1
a :  to rub hard especially with a rough material for cleansing
b :  to remove by rubbing hard and washing
2
archaic :  to clear (a region) of enemies or outlaws
3
:  to clean by purging :  purge
4
:  to remove dirt and debris from (as a pipe or ditch)
5
:  to free from foreign matter or impurities by or as if by washing <scour wool>
6
:  to clear, dig, or remove by or as if by a powerful current of water
intransitive verb
1
:  to perform a process of scouring
2
:  to suffer from diarrhea or dysentery
3
:  to become clean and bright by rubbing
scour·er noun

Origin of SCOUR

Middle English, probably from Middle Dutch schuren, from Old French escurer, from Late Latin excurare to clean off, from Latin, to take good care of, from ex- + curare to care for, from cura care
First Known Use: 14th century

2scour

noun

Definition of SCOUR

1
:  a place scoured by running water
2
:  scouring action (as of a glacier)
3
:  diarrhea, dysentery —usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction
4
:  scouring 1; also :  damage done by scouring action

First Known Use of SCOUR

1681

3scour

verb

Definition of SCOUR

intransitive verb
:  to move about quickly especially in search
transitive verb
:  to go through or range over in or as if in a search

Origin of SCOUR

Middle English scuren, skouren, probably from scour, noun, (in phrase god scour quickly), perhaps from Old Norse skūr shower; akin to Old English scūr shower — more at shower
First Known Use: 13th century

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