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.

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During cleanup, turn a piece of foil into a pan scrubber by crumpling it up. Kristi Valentini, Redbook, "The No-Fly, All-Fun Vacation," 13 July 2017 The scrubbers are super cheap, so grab a box and try it yourself. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Grandma Cleaned Her Slimy Green Pool in 24 Hours Using a Single Magic Eraser," 18 July 2018 But other sources, like vehicles, power plants, and agriculture, can cut particulates by electrifying, using scrubbers, or employing dust mitigation tactics. Umair Irfan, Vox, "How improving air quality could add years to people’s lives around the world.," 21 Nov. 2018 The nation’s top food seller also is testing an autonomous floor-scrubber that will be in 360 stores by the end of January. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Grocers Enlist Robots to Chase E-Commerce," 29 Oct. 2018 That means that building a machine to scrub carbon dioxide straight from the air is an immense challenge: Filtering it out requires moving a huge volume of air through a scrubber, which requires a lot of energy. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere, explained," 24 Oct. 2018 The Scrub Daddy brand has now expanded to include other cleaning products including the Big Daddy and the Scrub Mommy, with a dual-sided scrubber and sponge. Katina Beniaris, Woman's Day, "Why This Sponge Is the Most Successful 'Shark Tank' Product of All Time," 24 Mar. 2017 Eventually more shipowners will invest in scrubbers and LNG. The Economist, "A wave of new environmental laws is scaring shipowners," 21 June 2018 Spongellé's Papaya Yuzu Spongetté is a disposable scrubber infused with body wash and extracts. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Packing the ultimate weekender: Our favorite products for your carry-on or beach bag," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of scrubber

1837, in the meaning defined above

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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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one that collects or salvages junk

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