What does scour mean?

Definitions for scour
skaʊər, ˈskaʊ ərscour

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word scour.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scour(verb)

    a place that is scoured (especially by running water)

  2. scour(verb)

    examine minutely

    "The police scoured the country for the fugitive"

  3. scrub, scour(verb)

    clean with hard rubbing

    "She scrubbed his back"

  4. scour, abrade(verb)

    rub hard or scrub

    "scour the counter tops"

  5. flush, scour, purge(verb)

    rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid

    "flush the wound with antibiotics"; "purge the old gas tank"


  1. scour(Verb)

    To clean, polish, or wash something by scrubbing it vigorously.

    He scoured the burner pans, to remove the burnt spills.

  2. scour(Verb)

    To search an area thoroughly.

    They scoured the scene of the crime for clues.

  3. scour(Verb)

    Of livestock, to suffer from diarrhea.

    If a lamb is scouring, do not delay treatment.

  4. scour(Verb)

    To move swiftly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scour(verb)

    to rub hard with something rough, as sand or Bristol brick, especially for the purpose of cleaning; to clean by friction; to make clean or bright; to cleanse from grease, dirt, etc., as articles of dress

  2. Scour(verb)

    to purge; as, to scour a horse

  3. Scour(verb)

    to remove by rubbing or cleansing; to sweep along or off; to carry away or remove, as by a current of water; -- often with off or away

  4. Scour(verb)

    to pass swiftly over; to brush along; to traverse or search thoroughly; as, to scour the coast

  5. Scour(verb)

    to clean anything by rubbing

  6. Scour(verb)

    to cleanse anything

  7. Scour(verb)

    to be purged freely; to have a diarrhoea

  8. Scour(verb)

    to run swiftly; to rove or range in pursuit or search of something; to scamper

  9. Scour(noun)

    diarrhoea or dysentery among cattle

  10. Origin: [Akin to LG. schren, D. schuren, schueren, G. scheuern, Dan. skure; Sw. skura; all possibly fr. LL. escurare, fr. L. ex + curare to take care. Cf. Cure.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scour

    skowr, v.t. to clean by rubbing with something rough: to cleanse from grease or dirt: to remove by rubbing: to cleanse by a current: to search thoroughly by scrubbing: to cleanse by brushing: to purge drastically.—n. the action of a strong current in a narrow channel: violent purging.—ns. Scour′age, refuse water after scouring; Scour′er, drastic cathartic; Scour′ing, in angling, the freshening of angle-worms for bait by putting them in clean sand; Scour′ing-ball, a ball composed of soap, &c., for removing stains of grease.—n.pl. Scour′ing-drops, a mixture of oil of turpentine and oil of lemon used for removing stains.—ns. Scour′ing-rush, one of the horse-tails; Scour′ing-stock, in woollen manufacture, an apparatus in which cloths are treated to remove the oil and to cleanse them in the process of manufacture. [O. Fr. escurer—L. excurāre, to take great care of.]

  2. Scour

    skowr, v.i. to run with swiftness: to scurry along.—v.t. to run quickly over.—n. Scour′er, a footpad. [O. Fr. escourre—L. excurrĕre, to run forth.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scour in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of scour in a Sentence

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    It’s their money, which leads them to play it safe and scour the same homogeneous networks for deals.

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Translations for scour

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • scheuern, absuchenGerman
  • récurer, écumer, purgerFrench
  • मांजना, परिमार्जनHindi
  • súrol, suvickol, sikálHungarian
  • 磨ぐJapanese
  • afschuimen, purgeren, schurenDutch
  • skure, skrubbe, finkjemmeNorwegian
  • отчистить, отдраивать, рыскать, прочёсывать, отскабливать, отскоблить, отчищать, отдраить, прочесатьRussian
  • ribati, рибатиSerbo-Croatian
  • prečesatiSlovene
  • genomsöka, skura, skrubbaSwedish

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