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 Packages containing a pair of Nike shoes, a foot scrubber and a sweater valued at $225 were stolen from the front porch of a home in the 400 block of South Harvey Avenue between 12 p.m. Oct. 9 and 1:16 p.m. Oct. 20., "Oak Park police: Masked man attempts to steal bike, pushes resident to the ground along Roosevelt Road," 27 Oct. 2020 One high-end solution: a scrubber that uses vibration to slough away the remains of the day. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, "Skincare gifts that are actually worth the splurge," 17 Nov. 2020 Service sales rose 6% but equipment sales fell by 41% on fewer scrubber deliveries. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Big Bets on Ship Exhaust Systems Cast a Cloud Over Vessel Owners," 30 Oct. 2020 The silicone bristles on this scrubber are soft and gentle on my lips, leaving them soft and smooth after every use. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Are the Lip Care Products You Need, According to Dermatologists," 29 Oct. 2020 Rinse and scrub with a brush or plastic scrubber, no soap. Marni Jameson | Contributing Writer,, "Now that you have the right pots and pans, here's how to take care of them," 27 Oct. 2020 Disposable Toilet Scrubber has an angled scrubber designed to get into tight spots. Elizabeth Sheldon, House Beautiful, "4 Easy Ways to Keep Your Bathroom Ready for Company," 1 Oct. 2020 Immediately scrub the pan with a stainless-steel scrubber or ordinary kitchen sponge. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Clean a Cast-Iron Pan," 27 June 2020 With the addition of 372 new robots, the company will soon have a scrubber in each location. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, "Sam's Club is putting robot janitors in all of its stores during the pandemic," 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of scrubber

1837, in the meaning defined above

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23 Dec 2020

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“Scrubber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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
technical : a machine that removes a dangerous substance from air, water, etc.

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