scrub·​ber | \ ˈskrə-bər How to pronounce scrubber (audio) \

Definition of scrubber

: one that scrubs especially : an apparatus for removing impurities especially from gases

Examples of scrubber in a Sentence

She got a job as a pot scrubber. The scrubbers will reduce the power plant's sulfur emissions.
Recent Examples on the Web Rub the glasses with a plastic scrubber, rinse and dry well by hand. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 That will help remove some of the pollution, according to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, purely by the fact that those emissions will now go through the control device, also called a scrubber. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Nov. 2021 Outside the performance hall, venue staffers were busy readying Severance, pushing a humming floor scrubber around the grand foyer’s red marble floors, polishing the stone to a reflective shine. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 13 Oct. 2021 That’s why the No. 1 job in the near future will be a gunk scrubber. Sam Weiner, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 Picture an autonomous floor scrubber, which is like an oversized Roomba and increasingly being used to clean airports, big-box retailers and warehouses. Florian Pestoni, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Each dryer would include a wet scrubber, a filtration method to control or reduce particulate emissions. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 5 Sep. 2021 Alan emphatically waved his scrubber at the cardboard protruding from the cabinets. New York Times, 30 June 2021 For really baked on crumbs, try The Ringer, a handy chain mail scrubber that easily rinses clean between uses. Lauren Joseph, Bon Appétit, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of scrubber

1837, in the meaning defined above

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12 Dec 2021

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“Scrubber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of scrubber

: a tool or machine that is used for scrubbing something
: a person whose job is to scrub something
: a machine that removes a dangerous substance from air, water, etc.


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