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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
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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
SCOURER Defined for Kids

1scour

verb \ˈskar\
scouredscour·ing

Definition of SCOUR for Kids

1
:  to rub hard with a rough substance or object in order to clean
2
:  to free or clear from impurities by or as if by rubbing

2scour

verb
scouredscouring

Definition of SCOUR for Kids

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

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