I. verb Etymology: Middle English, probably from Middle Dutch schuren, from Old French escurer, from Late Latin excurare to clean off, from Latin, to take good care of, from ex- + curare to care for, from cura care Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to rub hard especially with a rough material for cleansing b. to remove by rubbing hard and washing 2. archaic to clear (a region) of enemies or outlaws 3. to clean by purging ; purge 4. to remove dirt and debris from (as a pipe or ditch) 5. to free from foreign matter or impurities by or as if by washing <
scour wool
6. to clear, dig, or remove by or as if by a powerful current of water intransitive verb 1. to perform a process of scouring 2. to suffer from diarrhea or dysentery 3. to become clean and bright by rubbing • scourer noun II. noun Date: 1681 1. a place scoured by running water 2. scouring action (as of a glacier) 3. diarrhea, dysentery — usually used in plural but sing. or plural in constr. 4. scouring 1; also damage done by scouring action III. verb Etymology: Middle English scuren, skouren, probably from scour, noun, (in phrase god scour quickly), perhaps from Old Norse skūr shower; akin to Old English scūr shower — more at shower Date: 13th century intransitive verb to move about quickly especially in search transitive verb to go through or range over in or as if in a search

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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. {Cure}.] 1. To rub hard… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scour — [skauə US skaur] v [T] [Sense: 1; Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language.] [Sense: 2 3; Date: 1100 1200; Origin: Probably from Middle Dutch schuren, from Old French escurer, from Late Latin excurare to clean off , from… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Scour — Scour, v. i. 1. To clean anything by rubbing. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To cleanse anything. [1913 Webster] Warm water is softer than cold, for it scoureth better. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 3. To be purged freely; to have a diarrh[oe]a. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scour — Scour, n. 1. Diarrh[oe]a or dysentery among cattle. [1913 Webster] 2. The act of scouring. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 3. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scour — skau̇(ə)r vi of a domestic animal to suffer from diarrhea or dysentery <a diet causing cattle to scour> scour n diarrhea or dysentery occurring esp. in young domestic animals usu. used in pl. but sing. or pl. in constr …   Medical dictionary

  • scour — scour·ing; scour; scour·er; …   English syllables

  • scour — Ⅰ. scour [1] ► VERB 1) clean or brighten by vigorous rubbing with an abrasive or detergent. 2) (of running water) erode (a channel or pool). ► NOUN 1) the action of scouring or the state of being scoured. 2) (also scours) diarrh …   English terms dictionary

  • scour — [ skaur ] verb transitive 1. ) to search a place or document thoroughly for something: scour something for something: Jake scoured auction sales for the furniture they needed. 2. ) to clean something thoroughly by rubbing it hard with something… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • scour — [v1] clean, polish thoroughly abrade, brush, buff, burnish, cleanse, flush, furbish, mop, pumice, purge, rub, sand, scrub, wash, whiten; concept 165 Ant. dirty, rust scour [v2] search thoroughly beat, comb, ferret out, find, forage, go over with… …   New thesaurus

  • scour — scour1 [skour] vt. [ME scouren < MDu scuren < ? OFr escurer < VL * excurare, to take great care of < L ex , intens. + curare, to take care of < cura, care] 1. to clean or polish by vigorous rubbing, as with abrasives, soap and… …   English World dictionary

  • scour — index decontaminate, frisk, perambulate, purge (purify), search Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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