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Meaning of SCOUR

Pronunciation:  skawr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a place that is scoured (especially by running water)
  2. [v]  rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid; "flush the wound with antibiotics"; "purge the old gas tank"
  3. [v]  clean with hard rubbing; "She scrubbed his back"
  4. [v]  scour a surface
  5. [v]  examine minutely; "The police scoured the country for the fugitive"

SCOUR is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: abrade, flush, purge, scrub
 See Also: holystone, look for, place, rinse, rinse off, rub, search, seek, spot, topographic point



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Scour\, v. t.
    To cleanse or clear, as by a current of water; to flush.
          If my neighbor ought to scour a ditch.   --Blackstone.
  2. \Scour\, n.
    1. The act of scouring.
    2. A place scoured out by running water, as in the bed of a
       stream below a fall.
             If you catch the two sole denizens [trout] of a
             particular scour, you will find another pair
             installed in their place to-morrow.   --Grant Allen.
  3. \Scour\ (skour), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scoured}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Scouring}.] [Akin to LG. sch["u]ren, D. schuren,
    schueren, G. scheuern, Dan. skure; Sw. skura; all possibly
    fr. LL. escurare, fr. L. ex + curare to take care. Cf.
    1. 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. To purge; as, to scour a horse.
    3. 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.
             [I will] stain my favors in a bloody mask, Which,
             washed away, shall scour my shame with it. --Shak.
    4. [Perhaps a different word; cf. OF. escorre, escourre, It.
       scorrere, both fr. L. excurrere to run forth. Cf.
       {Excursion}.] To pass swiftly over; to brush along; to
       traverse or search thoroughly; as, to scour the coast.
             Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain. --Pope.
    {Scouring barrel}, a tumbling barrel. See under {Tumbling}.
    {Scouring cinder} (Metal.), a basic slag, which attacks the
       lining of a shaft furnace. --Raymond.
    {Scouring rush}. (Bot.) See {Dutch rush}, under {Dutch}.
    {Scouring stock} (Woolen Manuf.), a kind of fulling mill.
  4. \Scour\, v. i.
    1. To clean anything by rubbing. --Shak.
    2. To cleanse anything.
             Warm water is softer than cold, for it scoureth
             better.                               --Bacon.
    3. To be purged freely; to have a diarrh[oe]a.
    4. To run swiftly; to rove or range in pursuit or search of
       something; to scamper.
             So four fierce coursers, starting to the race, Scour
             through the plain, and lengthen every pace.
  5. \Scour\, n.
    Diarrh[oe]a or dysentery among cattle.
Biology Dictionary
  1. Local removal of material from streambeds by flowing water. (Compare fill.)
  2. The erosion action of flowing water in streams that removes and carries away material from the bed and banks.