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 This requires continual and diligent scouring of every Twitter account and Discord community. Abhinav Girdhar, Forbes, 18 July 2022 In a recent scouring of ’70s archives, Minneapolis’ WCCO television station unearthed a compelling video with an all-too-familiar face — an 11-year-old Prince vouching for higher pay for educators. Marisa Whitaker, SPIN, 4 Apr. 2022 Air Force career took them — and decades of estate-sale scouring. Emma Alpern, Curbed, 22 Sep. 2021 Stainless-steel pans can stand up to a certain amount of scouring, but abrasive cleaning methods could damage your nonstick pans. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Sep. 2021 When God finally gets tired of waiting it out and decides to end things, the back-and-forth between dragons and serpents and sea monsters and Jesus is less like a scouring of the stables than like a Giants-Patriots Super Bowl. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Evidence on the ground, such as extensive tree damage and scouring of road surface and soil, are indicative of winds of that magnitude. Joe Siess, oregonlive, 28 July 2021 Let that sit for at least an hour, then scrub the solution with a heavy-duty scouring pad. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 This Italian dining set was the result of hours of online scouring for the perfect piece. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 8 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of scouring

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Jul 2022

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“Scouring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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