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 More advanced countries already have these scrubbers installed—and some of them are even going a step further. Akshat Rathi, Quartz, "The science of what makes coal so dirty," 23 Oct. 2019 For example, the company’s main pollution-scrubber, called a CE003, repeatedly broke down. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "How 17 years of pollution in White Bear Township was finally stopped," 11 Oct. 2019 The ceramic plates and bowls are custom-built with stainless steel installed in them that allow a robotic scrubber to use magnets to quickly remove all debris. Wired, "Killing "Dead-End" Jobs Blocks Career Opportunity," 7 Oct. 2019 With the floor scrubber, a maintenance associate used to have to spend up to two hours on their shift driving it around. Ian Gronau, Washington Post, "Robots show up in Delaware’s Walmart stores," 30 Aug. 2019 Credit Suisse oil and gas analyst Saul Kavonic said many shipping companies would meet the emissions rules by fitting their vessels with scrubbers. Paul Garvey, WSJ, "The New Gas Market: Shipowners Needing Cleaner Fuel," 23 Aug. 2018 Air purifiers essentially function as scrubbers, removing bacteria, viruses and PM2.5 as the air passes through them. Mark Kreidler, Los Angeles Times, "Alarmed by dense wildfire smoke, Californians are snapping up home air purifiers," 5 Aug. 2019 The Buddha chewed sticks into fluffy-ended scrubbers to clean his teeth. National Geographic, "How your toothbrush became a part of the plastic crisis," 14 June 2019 England and other team members came up with a way to use carbon dioxide scrubbers and the backpacks from the spacesuits to clear the air. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Space race: Michigan's ties to NASA, Apollo program," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of scrubber

1837, in the meaning defined above

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24 Nov 2019

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“Scrubber.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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