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. scourverb

    a place that is scoured (especially by running water)

  2. scourverb

    examine minutely

    "The police scoured the country for the fugitive"

  3. scrub, scourverb

    clean with hard rubbing

    "She scrubbed his back"

  4. scour, abradeverb

    rub hard or scrub

    "scour the counter tops"

  5. flush, scour, purgeverb

    rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid

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

Wiktionary

  1. scourverb

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

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

  2. scourverb

    To search an area thoroughly.

    They scoured the scene of the crime for clues.

  3. scourverb

    Of livestock, to suffer from diarrhea.

    If a lamb is scouring, do not delay treatment.

  4. scourverb

    To move swiftly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scourverb

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Scourverb

    to purge; as, to scour a horse

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Scourverb

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Scourverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Scourverb

    to clean anything by rubbing

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Scourverb

    to cleanse anything

    Etymology: [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.]

  7. Scourverb

    to be purged freely; to have a diarrhoea

    Etymology: [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.]

  8. Scourverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  9. Scournoun

    diarrhoea or dysentery among cattle

    Etymology: [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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Numerology

  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

  1. Ellen Willson Hoover:

    Even with a list, why is ACT expecting us to scour websites every day for cancellations ?

  2. Ross Baird:

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

  3. Toby Baker:

    We have to get through the boil water first, which could take two to three weeks, after that we have to get chlorine levels to a state that can burn the entire system, scour the system, and kill the amoebas, that could take up to an additional 60 days.

  4. Ellen Willson Hoover:

    With ongoing COVID-19 changes and closures, please know there is a chance that your test center may close between now and test day. even with a list, why is ACT expecting us to scour websites every day for cancellations ?

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Translations for scour

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  • 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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