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 Geological metaphors feel apt—the surfaces resemble landscapes shaped by the scouring and dumping of glaciers. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, "The Master of Unknowing," 25 Apr. 2020 With his hard-driving investor-partner David Cohn leading the negotiations with equally tenacious commercial landlords, Swikard’s quixotic scouring of San Diego County was a roller coaster of unfulfilled dreams, disappointment and deal making. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A star chef’s tortured, year-long quest for the perfect restaurant location ends in the East Village," 9 Aug. 2019 Another great crossover from the auto-body industry is the scouring pastes that clean and abrade a surface at the same time. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "10 Smart Spray Painting Tips for a Great-Looking Paint Job," 11 Mar. 2019 Avoid Abrasives Stainless steel can be easily dulled and damaged by using an abrasive scouring pad or cleaning agent. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Stainless Steel," 13 Mar. 2018 Some people may often decide to hire an accountant out of fear of filing incorrectly and getting audited, but the IRS rarely asks for an in-depth scouring of people's taxes. Judith Ohikuare,, "Should You Hire An Accountant To Help With Your Taxes?," 13 Mar. 2018 The second head is the Sunflower, which is made for scrubbing and scouring. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "Scrub Daddy's New Product Is Even Better Than the OG Sponge," 16 Oct. 2017 Confirming exactly how much bigger each planet is will require true scouring. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Already, Destiny 2 understands its fate, its purpose, its desti… you know," 5 Sep. 2017 For the first few months, rats were almost daily visitors, coming in through unseen holes or through a hole in the bathroom that Ms. Garcia plugged with a steel-wool scouring pad and mints, which rats hate. Kim Barker, New York Times, "Landlord Raised Rents for Renovations Never Done, Lawsuit Says," 25 July 2017

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First Known Use of scouring

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 May 2020

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“Scouring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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