scouring

noun
scour·​ing | \ ˈskau̇(-ə)r-iŋ How to pronounce scouring (audio) \

Definition of scouring

1 : material removed by scouring or cleaning
2 : the lowest rank of society usually used in plural

Examples of scouring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Grommet has colorful, European-style scouring pads (four for $12.95). oregonlive, "The best eco-friendly products for a healthy home: Earth Day is Thursday," 21 Apr. 2021 Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, a founder of the L.A. Tenants Union, gives the public-private partnerships that make affordable housing possible a good scouring. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential Arts: The art world was hot hot hot on NFTs. Is it just more of the same?," 24 Apr. 2021 The park’s incredible formations wouldn’t exist if not for the heavy-duty scouring power of Mother Nature at her most intense. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, "The Ultimate Arches National Park Travel Guide," 22 Apr. 2021 The Grommet has colorful, European-style scouring pads (four for $12.95). oregonlive, "The best eco-friendly products for a healthy home: Earth Day is Thursday," 21 Apr. 2021 That used to mean scouring websites and social media for scraps of information posted randomly by land managers or recent users. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Wisconsin Trail Report provides hiking and biking trail conditions around the state," 19 Apr. 2021 That scouring is what turned up the Humboldt County vaccines. Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, "A phone call, a private plane and a cable car conductor: How S.F. rescued a thousand thawed vaccines from 300 miles away," 17 Apr. 2021 The Grommet has colorful, European-style scouring pads (four for $12.95). oregonlive, "Eco-friendly products and the tools you’ll need to make spring cleaning a breeze," 18 Mar. 2021 Our own scouring of corporate websites was completed before the killing by police of George Floyd in May, and many companies have spoken out about the need for racial justice since then. Michael Hyter, Fortune, "Companies that talk the talk on diversity are more likely to walk the walk," 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of scouring

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 May 2021

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“Scouring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scouring. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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