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Noun: scouring  skaw-(u-)ring
  1. Moving over territory to search for something
    "scouring the entire area revealed nothing"
     
  2. The act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water
    - scrub, scrubbing
Verb: scour  skaw(-u)r
  1. Examine minutely
    "The police scoured the country for the fugitive"
     
  2. Clean with hard rubbing
    "She scoured his back";
    - scrub
     
  3. Rub hard or scrub
    "scour the counter tops";
    - abrade
     
  4. Rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid
    "scour the wound with antibiotics";
    - flush, purge

Derived forms: scourings

Type of: cleaning, cleansing, cleanup, hunt, hunting, look for, rinse, rinse off, rub, search, seek

Encyclopedia: Scouring

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