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scrub

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noun, often attributive \ˈskrəb\

Definition of scrub

  1. 1a :  a stunted tree or shrubb :  vegetation consisting chiefly of scrubsc :  a tract covered with scrub

  2. 2 :  a domestic animal of mixed or unknown parentage and usually inferior conformation :  mongrel

  3. 3 :  a person of insignificant size or standing

  4. 4 :  a player not belonging to the first string



Origin of scrub

Middle English, alteration of schrobbe, schrubbe shrub — more at shrub


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with scrub


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scrub

verb,

Simple Definition of scrub

  • : to rub (something) hard with a rough object or substance and often with soap in order to clean it

  • : to decide that (something, such as a game, performance, etc.) will not happen : to cancel (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of scrub

scrubbedscrubbing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a (1) :  to clean with hard rubbing :  scour (2) :  to remove by scrubbingb :  to subject to friction :  rub

  3. 2 :  wash 6c(2)

  4. 3 :  cancel, eliminate <scrubbed the flight because of bad weather>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to use hard rubbing in cleaning

  7. 2 :  to prepare for performing surgery by scrubbing oneself

scrubbable play \ˈskrə-bə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of scrub in a sentence

  1. We scrubbed and scrubbed until the floor was clean.

  2. They scrubbed the game because of the bad weather.



Origin of scrub

of Low German or Scandinavian origin; akin to Middle Low German & Middle Dutch schrubben to scrub, Swedish skrubba


First Known Use: circa 1595


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scrub

noun

Definition of scrub

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of scrubbing; especially :  cancellation

  2. 2a :  one that scrubsb :  a powerful and especially cosmetic cleanser

  3. 3 plural :  loose-fitting clothing worn by hospital staff <surgical scrubs>



1621

First Known Use of scrub

1621



SCRUB Defined for Kids

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scrub

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verb \ˈskrəb\

Definition of scrub for Students

scrubbedscrubbing

  1. :  to rub hard in washing




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scrub

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noun

Definition of scrub for Students

  1. :  a thick growth of small or stunted shrubs or trees




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scrub

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noun

Definition of scrub for Students

  1. :  the act, an instance, or a period of rubbing hard in washing




Medical Dictionary

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scrub

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verb \ˈskrəb\

Medical Definition of scrub

scrubbed; scrubbing

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to clean and disinfect (the hands and forearms) before participating in surgery

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to prepare for surgery by scrubbing oneself




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scrub

noun

Medical Definition of scrub

  1. 1:  an act or instance of scrubbing <a surgical scrub>

  2. 2plural :  loose-fitting clothing worn by hospital staff <surgical scrubs>





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