What does scrub mean?

Definitions for scrub
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word scrub.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scrub, chaparral, bush(noun)

    dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes

  2. scrub, scrubbing, scouring(adj)

    the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water

  3. scrub(verb)

    (of domestic animals) not selectively bred

  4. scrub, scour(verb)

    clean with hard rubbing

    "She scrubbed his back"

  5. scrub, scrub up(verb)

    wash thoroughly

    "surgeons must scrub prior to an operation"

  6. cancel, call off, scratch, scrub(verb)

    postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled

    "Call off the engagement"; "cancel the dinner party"; "we had to scrub our vacation plans"; "scratch that meeting--the chair is ill"

Wiktionary

  1. scrub(Noun)

    One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow.

    We should go there in as proper a manner possible; nor altogether like the scrubs about us.

  2. scrub(Noun)

    One who is a freak or unable to complete easy tasks.

    You are such a scrub! Instead of washing the dishes you put the used food on your face!

  3. scrub

    A thicket or jungle, often specified by the name of the prevailing plant; as, oak scrub, palmetto scrub, etc.

  4. scrub

    One of the common livestock of a region of no particular breed or not of pure breed, especially when inferior in size, etc. Often used to refer to male animals unsuited for breeding.

  5. scrub

    Vegetation of inferior quality, though sometimes thick and impenetrable, growing in poor soil or in sand; also, brush.

  6. scrub

    One who is no longer new to a game but still exhibits novice tendencies.

    "What a scrub."

  7. scrub

    One not on the first team of players, a substitute.

  8. scrub(Noun)

    An instance of scrubbing.

  9. scrub(Noun)

    A cancellation.

  10. scrub

    A worn-out brush.

  11. scrub

    One who scrubs.

  12. scrub

    Clothing worn while performing surgery.

  13. scrub(Verb)

    To rub hard; to wash with rubbing; usually, to rub with a wet brush, or with something coarse or rough, for the purpose of cleaning or brightening; as, to scrub a floor, a doorplate.

  14. scrub(Verb)

    To rub anything hard, especially with a wet brush; to scour;

  15. scrub

    To be diligent and penurious; as, to scrub hard for a living.

  16. scrub

    To call off a scheduled event; to cancel.

    Engineers had to scrub the satellite launch due to bad weather.

  17. scrub

    To eliminate or to correct data from a set of records to bring it inline with other similar datasets

    The street segment data from the National Post Office will need to be scrubbed before it can be integrated into our system.

  18. scrub(Adjective)

    Mean; dirty; contemptible; scrubby.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scrub(verb)

    to rub hard; to wash with rubbing; usually, to rub with a wet brush, or with something coarse or rough, for the purpose of cleaning or brightening; as, to scrub a floor, a doorplate

    Etymology: [OE. scrobben, probably of Dutch or Scand. origin; cf. Dan. skrubbe, Sw. skrubba, D. schrobben, LG. schrubben.]

  2. Scrub(verb)

    to rub anything hard, especially with a wet brush; to scour; hence, to be diligent and penurious; as, to scrub hard for a living

    Etymology: [OE. scrobben, probably of Dutch or Scand. origin; cf. Dan. skrubbe, Sw. skrubba, D. schrobben, LG. schrubben.]

  3. Scrub(noun)

    one who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow

    Etymology: [OE. scrobben, probably of Dutch or Scand. origin; cf. Dan. skrubbe, Sw. skrubba, D. schrobben, LG. schrubben.]

  4. Scrub(noun)

    something small and mean

    Etymology: [OE. scrobben, probably of Dutch or Scand. origin; cf. Dan. skrubbe, Sw. skrubba, D. schrobben, LG. schrubben.]

  5. Scrub(noun)

    a worn-out brush

    Etymology: [OE. scrobben, probably of Dutch or Scand. origin; cf. Dan. skrubbe, Sw. skrubba, D. schrobben, LG. schrubben.]

  6. Scrub(noun)

    a thicket or jungle, often specified by the name of the prevailing plant; as, oak scrub, palmetto scrub, etc

    Etymology: [OE. scrobben, probably of Dutch or Scand. origin; cf. Dan. skrubbe, Sw. skrubba, D. schrobben, LG. schrubben.]

  7. Scrub(noun)

    one of the common live stock of a region of no particular breed or not of pure breed, esp. when inferior in size, etc

    Etymology: [OE. scrobben, probably of Dutch or Scand. origin; cf. Dan. skrubbe, Sw. skrubba, D. schrobben, LG. schrubben.]

  8. Scrub(adj)

    mean; dirty; contemptible; scrubby

    Etymology: [OE. scrobben, probably of Dutch or Scand. origin; cf. Dan. skrubbe, Sw. skrubba, D. schrobben, LG. schrubben.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scrub

    skrub, v.t.. to rub hard, esp. with something rough.—v.i. to be laborious and penurious:—pr.p. scrub′bing; pa.t. and pa.p. scrubbed.—n. one who works hard and lives meanly: anything small or mean: a worn-out brush: low underwood: a bush: a stunted shrub: a worthless horse.—p.adj. Scrubbed (Shak.)=Scrubby.—ns. Scrub′ber, in Australia, an animal which breaks away from the herd: a machine for washing leather after the tanpit; Scrub′bing; Scrub′bing-board, a wash-board; Scrub′bing-brush, a brush with short, stiff bristles; Scrub′-bird, an Australian bird.—adj. Scrub′by, laborious and penurious: mean: small: stunted in growth: covered with scrub.—ns. Scrub′-grass, the scouring-rush; Scrub′-oak, a name of three low American oaks; Scrub′-rid′er, one who rides in search of cattle that stray from the herd into the scrub; Scrub′-rob′in, a bird inhabiting the Australian scrub; Scrub′stone, a species of calciferous sandstone; Scrub′-tur′key, a mound-bird; Scrub′-wood, a small tree. [A.S. scrob, a shrub.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. scrub(noun)

    Someone that is broke. A scrub is a guy that thinks he's fly and is also known as a buster -- TLC (No Scrubs (LP Version))

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scrub in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scrub in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of scrub in a Sentence

  1. Bill Clinton:

    We should scrub all of our federal regulations to find responsible ways to make life easier to small businesses, i want to be a small business president.

  2. Scott Shirley:

    I was rather shocked that they did n’t offer to at least come in and scrub it down because Lord knows what, ya know, what that vomit contained.

  3. Alisa Statman:

    He said that the one thing that brought him to his knees literally-- in grief -- was having to scrub his child's blood off the floor.

  4. White House spokesman Eric Schultz:

    That is why he has asked his team to scrub existing legal authorities to see if there's any additional action we can take administratively, the president has made clear he's not satisfied with where we are and expects that work to be completed soon.

  5. David Gauke:

    Are David Gauke going to side with those who want to scrub the democratic verdict of the people — and plunge this country into chaos ? or are Prime Minister Boris Johnson going to side with those of us who want to get on, deliver on the mandate of the people and focus with absolute, laser-like precision on the domestic agenda ? That's the choice.

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Translations for scrub

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  • تنظيفArabic
  • scheuern, GestrüppGerman
  • tallar, estregar, restregar, fregarSpanish
  • مالش دادنPersian
  • puska, asu, pöheikkö, kuurata, perua, peruuttaa, pusikko, jynssääjä, tiheikkö, jynssätä, jyystää, puurtaa, pensaikko, jynssäysFinnish
  • crosser, annulerFrench
  • मलनाHindi
  • sikálHungarian
  • annullare, sfregare, strofinare, disdireItalian
  • スクラブJapanese
  • taekai, mōheuheu, ūkui, kōmukumuku, ururua, tahuereMāori
  • schrobbenDutch
  • skrubbeNorwegian
  • odwołaćPolish
  • esfregarPortuguese
  • ничто́жество, замо́рыш, дра́ить, скраб, куста́рник, скрести́Russian
  • స్క్రబ్Telugu
  • kifroyî, cafroter, schurer, rischurerWalloon
  • 擦洗Chinese

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    • A. plush
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    • C. obnoxious
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