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Definition of SCOUR

4 definitions found:

Scour \Scour\, v. i.
     1. To clean anything by rubbing. --Shak.
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     2. To cleanse anything.
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              Warm water is softer than cold, for it scoureth better.                               --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

     3. To be purged freely; to have a diarrhoea.
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     4. To run swiftly; to rove or range in pursuit or search of something; to scamper. [1913 Webster]

              So four fierce coursers, starting to the race, Scour through the plain, and lengthen every pace.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Scour \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 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. [1913 Webster]

     2. To purge; as, to scour a horse.
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     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. [1913 Webster]

              [I will] stain my favors in a bloody mask, Which, washed away, shall scour my shame with it.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     5. To cleanse or clear, as by a current of water; to flush.

              If my neighbor ought to scour a ditch. --Blackstone. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Scour \Scour\, n.
     1. Diarrhoea or dysentery among cattle.
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     2. The act of scouring.
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     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 particular scour, you will find another pair installed in their place to-morrow.   --Grant Allen. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

190 Moby Thesaurus words for "scour":
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