scrub·​ber | \ˈskrə-bər \

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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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 To make things a little easier, use a chainmail scrubber make of stainless steel that with cut through crusted food without scratching the pan. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "Here are Amazon's 5 best deals right now," 16 May 2018 One employee was seen cleaning equipment with a steel wool scrubber that had been stored on a cart in a dustpan with a pool of dirty water. Kristine Phillips,, "Egg farm responsible for salmonella outbreak had 'unacceptable rodent activity,' FDA report says," 16 May 2018 Catalytic converters for cars and smokestack scrubbers at power plants led to significant cuts in ozone precursors from those sources. Sara Sneath,, "Wild otter caught on video eating at Barataria Preserve," 1 May 2018 In addition to grocery carts, cupholders are now common on riding mowers, baby strollers, and the large institutional floor scrubbers used by nighttime cleaning crews in hospitals and airports. Nancy A. Nichols, The Atlantic, "Cupholders Are Everywhere," 22 Apr. 2018 The video then goes through HDCP scrubbers to remove any digital DRM in the signal, while the audio gets pulled out and sent through a mixer and balancer box (along with audio from headset microphones and ambient mics throughout the room). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "How to keep a charity gaming marathon going for 160 hours straight," 14 Jan. 2018 With some doubting enough low-sulfur fuel will be available, many operators are turning to sulfur-trapping exhaust scrubbers. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ," 21 Mar. 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

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

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