scour·​ing ˈskau̇(-ə)r-iŋ How to pronounce scouring (audio)
: material removed by scouring or cleaning
: the lowest rank of society
usually used in plural

Examples of scouring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s made of palm fibers that are tougher than standard scouring pads but gentle enough not to scuff your Le Creuset Dutch oven. Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit, 25 Mar. 2024 Thomas Jennings, the inventor of dry scouring, is the brains behind dry cleaning. Essence, 5 Mar. 2024 In a follow-up survey in the early summer, Grams documented an even more dramatic scouring—about 33 feet in just six months—thanks to the season’s high water flows. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Jan. 2024 Let the scouring for meal deals begin. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Aug. 2021 That includes efforts to put FEMA money left unspent by Landrieu’s administration to work on citywide street and drainage improvements, a scouring of the budget and various funds for revenue and initiatives to increase funding for childhood programs. Jeff Adelson,, 20 Aug. 2020 Stock up on specialty tools, like a plastic scraper, scrub brushes and non-scratch scouring pads. Maya Pottiger, Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2022 As college scouring director, Sears was responsible was overseeing much of the Lions' drafts in recent years. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 21 Jan. 2023 Skura also offers heavy-duty scouring pads, reusable microfiber wipes, drying towels and cleaning sets. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of scouring was in 1588

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Cite this Entry

“Scouring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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