I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, alteration of schrobbe, schrubbe shrub — more at shrub Date: 14th century 1. a. a stunted tree or shrub b. vegetation consisting chiefly of scrubs c. a tract covered with scrub 2. a domestic animal of mixed or unknown parentage and usually inferior conformation ; mongrel 3. a person of insignificant size or standing 4. a player not belonging to the first string II. verb (scrubbed; scrubbing) Etymology: of Low German or Scandinavian origin; akin to Middle Low German & Middle Dutch schrubben to scrub, Swedish skrubba Date: circa 1595 transitive verb 1. a. (1) to clean with hard rubbing ; scour (2) to remove by scrubbing b. to subject to friction ; rub 2. wash 6c(2) 3. cancel, eliminate <
scrubbed the flight because of bad weather
intransitive verb 1. to use hard rubbing in cleaning 2. to prepare for performing surgery by scrubbing oneself • scrubbable adjective III. noun Date: 1621 1. an act or instance of scrubbing; especially cancellation 2. a. one that scrubs b. a powerful and especially cosmetic cleanser 3. plural loose-fitting clothing worn by hospital staff <
surgical scrubs

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  • scrub — [ skrɶb ] n. m. • 1900; mot angl. ♦ Anglic. Géogr. Brousse épaisse d Australie, formée de buissons. ● scrub nom masculin (anglais scrub) Brousse épaisse d Australie, formée de buissons toujours verts, de familles diverses, notamment des acacias.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Scrub — (skr[u^]b), a. Mean; dirty; contemptible; scrubby. [1913 Webster] How solitary, how scrub, does this town look! Walpole. [1913 Webster] No little scrub joint shall come on my board. Swift. [1913 Webster] {Scrub game}, a game, as of ball, by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scrub — 〈[skrʌ̣b] m. 6〉 Strauchformation aus immergrünen, oft undurchdringlich dichten, hartlaubigen Dornbüschen in den austral. Trockengebieten [engl., „Gebüsch, Busch(land)“] * * * Scrub   [skrʌb; englisch »Gebüsch«] der, (s)/ s, Bezeichnung für… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Scrub — Scrub(s) may refer to: *Scrub, low shrub and grass characteristic of scrubland *Scrubs (clothing), worn by medical staff *Scrubs (occupation) or surgical technologist * Scrubs (TV series), an American television program *Scrub baseball, also… …   Wikipedia

  • scrub — skrəb vb, scrubbed; scrub·bing vt to clean and disinfect (the hands and forearms) before participating in surgery vi to prepare for surgery by scrubbing oneself scrub n 1) an act or instance of scrubbing <a surgical scrub> 2) …   Medical dictionary

  • scrub — s.n. Fitocenoză caracteristică Australiei centrale, în care predomină tufişuri xerofite (xerofit) şi, rar, eucalipţi. [< engl. scrub]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DN  SCRUB s. n. brusă din Australia centrală cu tufărişuri… …   Dicționar Român

  • scrub — scrub·ba·ble; scrub; scrub·by; scrub·ber; …   English syllables

  • Scrub — (skr[u^]b), v. i. To rub anything hard, especially with a wet brush; to scour; hence, to be diligent and penurious; as, to scrub hard for a living. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scrub — (skr[u^]b), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scrubbed} (skr[u^]bd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Scrubbing}.] [OE. scrobben, probably of Dutch or Scand. origin; cf. Dan. skrubbe, Sw. skrubba, D. schrobben, LG. schrubben.] To rub hard; to wash with rubbing; usually, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scrub — Ⅰ. scrub [1] ► VERB (scrubbed, scrubbing) 1) rub hard so as to clean. 2) (scrub up) thoroughly clean one s hands and arms before performing surgery. 3) informal cancel or abandon. ► NOUN …   English terms dictionary

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