Definitions for scourer

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

scourskaʊər, ˈskaʊ ər(v.)

  1. to cleanse or polish by hard rubbing, as with an abrasive material.

  2. to remove (dirt, grease, etc.) from something by hard rubbing.

  3. to clear or dig out (a channel, drain, etc.), as by the force of water.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  4. to purge thoroughly, as an animal.

  5. to clear or rid of what is undesirable.

  6. to remove by or as if by cleansing; get rid of.

  7. to clean or rid of debris, impurities, etc., by or as if by washing, as cotton or wool.

    Category: Textiles

  8. (v.i.)to cleanse or polish a surface by hard rubbing.

  9. to become clean and shiny when scoured.

  10. (n.)the act of scouring.

  11. the place scoured.

  12. an implement or preparation used in scouring.

  13. the erosive force of moving water.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  14. Usu., scours. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) diarrhea in horses and cattle caused by intestinal infection.

    Category: Veterinary Science

Origin of scour:

1250–1300; ME (v.) < MD scūren < OF escurer < L excūrāre to take care of (ML escūrāre to clean)


scourskaʊər, ˈskaʊ ər(v.)

  1. to range over, as in search:

    to scour the countryside for a lost child.

  2. to run or pass quickly over or along.

  3. (v.i.)to range about, as in search of something.

  4. to move rapidly or energetically.

Origin of scour:

1250–1300; ME, appar. v. der. of scour, in phrase god scour quickly


Princeton's WordNet

  1. scourer(noun)

    someone who cleanses by scouring

  2. scourer(noun)

    someone who travels widely and energetically

    "he was a scourer of the seven seas"


  1. scourer(Noun)

    A tool used to scour, usually used to clean cookwares.

    A scourer may be in the form of a mesh (ball) of wires, a flat piece of a rough fabric, or a pad with a soft sponge-like side and a more abrasive side.

  2. scourer(Noun)

    Agent noun of scour; a person who scours.

  3. scourer(Noun)

    A rover or footpad; a prowling robber.

    In those days of highwaymen and scourers. uE000284623uE001 Macaulay.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scourer(noun)

    one who, or that which, scours

  2. Scourer(noun)

    a rover or footpad; a prowling robber

Anagrams of scourer

  1. courser


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