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scour

verb \ ˈskau̇(-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 (something, such 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

scourer

noun

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Origin and Etymology 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


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scour

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


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scour

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 and Etymology 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


SCOUR Defined for Kids

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scour

verb \ ˈskau̇r \

Definition of scour for Students

scoured; scouring
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

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scour

verb

Definition of scour for Students

scoured; scouring
: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

intransitive verb \ ˈskau̇(ə)r \

medical Definition of scour

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

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


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