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scour

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verb \ˈskau̇(-ə)r\

Definition of scour

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to rub hard especially with a rough material for cleansingb :  to remove by rubbing hard and washing

  3. 2 archaic :  to clear (a region) of enemies or outlaws

  4. 3 :  to clean by purging :  purge

  5. 4 :  to remove dirt and debris from (as a pipe or ditch)

  6. 5 :  to free from foreign matter or impurities by or as if by washing <scour wool>

  7. 6 :  to clear, dig, or remove by or as if by a powerful current of water

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  to perform a process of scouring

  10. 2 :  to suffer from diarrhea or dysentery

  11. 3 :  to become clean and bright by rubbing

scourer 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


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scour

noun

Definition of scour

  1. 1 :  a place scoured by running water

  2. 2 :  scouring action (as of a glacier)

  3. 3 :  diarrhea, dysentery —usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction

  4. 4 :  scouring 1; also :  damage done by scouring action



1681

First Known Use of scour

1681

Rhymes with scour


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scour

verb

Definition of scour

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to move about quickly especially in search

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  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


SCOUR Defined for Kids

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scour

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verb \ˈskau̇r\

Definition of scour for Students

scouredscouring

  1. 1 :  to rub hard with a rough substance or object in order to clean

  2. 2 :  to free or clear from impurities by or as if by rubbing




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scour

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verb

Definition of scour for Students

scouredscouring

  1. :  to go or move swiftly about, over, or through in search of something <Detectives scoured the records for a clue.>




Medical Dictionary

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scour

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intransitive verb \ˈskau̇(ə)r\

Medical Definition of scour

  1. of a domestic animal :  to suffer from diarrhea or dysentery <a diet causing cattle to scour>




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scour

noun

Medical Definition of scour

  1. :  diarrhea or dysentery occurring especially in young domestic animals—usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction





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