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scour1

scour1

 
pronunciation:
skaUr
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: scoured, scouring, scours
definition 1: to scrub energetically.
The cook scoured the copper pots.
synonyms:
scrape, scrub
similar words:
abrade, brush, clean, cleanse, swab, wash
definition 2: to remove (dirt or the like) by scrubbing.
They had to scour the scum from the old bathtub.
 
synonyms:
scrape, scrub
similar words:
brush, clean, cleanse, rub, wash
definition 3: to open up (a pipe, channel, or the like) by forcing water through, or to wear away by water erosion.
The work crew scoured the clogged storm drains.The creek scoured its banks.
synonyms:
abrade, erode
similar words:
clean out, clear, gnaw, lave, open, purge, unblock, wash
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to clean something by scrubbing.
synonyms:
scrub
similar words:
brush, clean, scrape, wash
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or effect of scouring.
synonyms:
scrub
definition 2: the eroding action of water.
the scour of the pounding waves
synonyms:
erosion
definition 3: (usu. pl. but used with a sing. or pl. verb) diarrhea in livestock, caused by an infection of the intestines.
derivation: scourer (n.)
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