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ˈskæv ɪn dʒərscav·en·ger

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scavengernoun

    a chemical agent that is added to a chemical mixture to counteract the effects of impurities

  2. magpie, scavenger, pack ratnoun

    someone who collects things that have been discarded by others

  3. scavengernoun

    any animal that feeds on refuse and other decaying organic matter


  1. scavengernoun

    A street sweeper.

  2. scavengernoun

    Someone who scavenges, especially one who searches through rubbish for food or useful things.

  3. scavengernoun

    An animal that feeds on decaying matter such as carrion.

  4. scavengernoun

    A substance used to remove impurities from the air or from a solution.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scavengernoun

    A petty magistrate, whose province is to keep the streets clean.

    Etymology: from scafan , to shave, perhaps to sweep, Saxon.

    Since it is made a labour of the mind, as to inform mens judgments, and move their affections, to resolve difficult places of Scripture, to decide and clear off controversies, I cannot see how to be a butcher, scavenger, or any other such trade, does at all qualify men for this work. Robert South, Sermons.

    Fasting’s nature’s scavenger. Edward Baynard.

    Dick the scavenger, with equal grace,
    Flirts from his cart the mud in Walpole’s face. Jonathan Swift.


  1. scavenger

    A scavenger is an organism that primarily, or sometimes exclusively, feeds on decaying organic matter, dead animals, or waste products from other organisms. This includes certain types of animals, insects, and microorganisms. The act of scavenging helps in the natural process of decomposition and nutrient recycling.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scavenger

    a person whose employment is to clean the streets of a city, by scraping or sweeping, and carrying off the filth. The name is also applied to any animal which devours refuse, carrion, or anything injurious to health

  2. Etymology: [OE. scavager an officer with various duties, originally attending to scavage, fr. OE. & E. scavage. See Scavage, Show, v.]


  1. Scavenger

    Scavenging is both a carnivorous and herbivorous feeding behavior in which the scavenger feeds on dead animal and plant material present in its habitat. The eating of carrion from the same species is referred to as cannibalism. Scavengers play an important role in the ecosystem by consuming the dead animal and plant material. Decomposers and detritivores complete this process, by consuming the remains left by scavengers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scavenger

    skav′en-jėr, n. one who cleans the streets: an animal which feeds on carrion: a child employed to pick up loose cotton from the floor in a cotton-mill.—ns. Scav′agery, street-cleansing; Scav′aging.—v.t. Scav′enge, to cleanse.—ns. Scav′enger-bee′tle, a beetle which acts as a scavenger; Scav′enger-crab, any crab which feeds on decaying animal matter; Scav′engering; Scav′engerism; Scav′engery.—Scavenger's daughter, an instrument of torture by pressure with an iron hoop, invented by Sir W. Skevington, Lieutenant of the Tower under Henry VIII. [Orig. scavager, an inspector of goods for sale, and also of the streets; from scavage, duty on goods for sale—A.S. sceawian, to inspect; cf. Show.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scavenger in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scavenger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of scavenger in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Yalof:

    We also have a fun The Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt planned where we've placed the elves around our centers, some are inside of stores or at the food court.

  2. Nikki Murray:

    We came up with very simple scavenger hunts that anyone could do. It's just thinking about all the crazy things that you have in your home, like like tools in the garage or maybe stuff in the kitchen, just being silly with it, like something green that could protect you from the rain. I had a kid pull a bucket from under his sink and he put it on top of his head like, look, this is the perfect rain hat.

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    a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.
    A apex
    B gauge
    C bias
    D staff

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