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scour 1

 (skour)
v. scoured, scour·ing, scours
v.tr.
1.
a. To clean, polish, or wash by scrubbing vigorously: scour a dirty oven.
b. To remove by scrubbing: scour grease from a pan.
2. To remove dirt or grease from (cloth or fibers) by means of a detergent.
3. To clean (wheat) before the milling process.
4. To clear (an area) by freeing of weeds or other vegetation.
5. To clear (a channel or pipe) by flushing.
v.intr.
1. To scrub something in order to clean or polish it.
2. To have diarrhea. Used of livestock.
n.
1. A scouring action or effect.
2. A place that has been scoured, as by flushing with water.
3. A cleansing agent for wool.
4. scours(used with a sing. or pl. verb) Diarrhea in livestock.

[Middle English scouren, from Middle Dutch scūren, from Old French escurer, from Late Latin excūrāre, to clean out : Latin ex-, ex-, Late Latin cūrāre, to clean (from Latin, to take care of, from cūra, care; see cure).]

scour′er n.

scour 2

 (skour)
v. scoured, scour·ing, scours
v.tr.
1. To search through or over thoroughly: The detective scoured the scene of the crime for clues.
2. To range over (an area) quickly and energetically.
v.intr.
1. To range over or about an area, especially in a search.
2. To move swiftly; scurry.

[Middle English scouren, to move swiftly, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skūr, shower.]

scour′er n.

scour

(skaʊə)
vb
1. to clean or polish (a surface) by washing and rubbing, as with an abrasive cloth
2. to remove dirt from or have the dirt removed from
3. (tr) to clear (a channel) by the force of water; flush
4. (tr) to remove by or as if by rubbing
5. (Veterinary Science) (intr) (of livestock, esp cattle) to have diarrhoea
6. (Veterinary Science) (tr) to cause (livestock) to purge their bowels
7. (Textiles) (tr) to wash (wool) to remove wax, suint, and other impurities
n
8. the act of scouring
9. the place scoured, esp by running water
10. something that scours, such as a cleansing agent
11. (Veterinary Science) (often plural) prolonged diarrhoea in livestock, esp cattle
[C13: via Middle Low German schūren, from Old French escurer, from Late Latin excūrāre to cleanse, from cūrāre; see cure]
ˈscourer n

scour

(skaʊə)
vb
1. to range over (territory), as in making a search
2. to move swiftly or energetically over (territory)
[C14: from Old Norse skūr]

scour1

(skaʊər, ˈskaʊ ər)

v.
1. to cleanse or polish by hard rubbing, as with an abrasive material.
2. to remove (dirt, grease, etc.) from something by hard rubbing.
3. to clear or dig out (a channel, drain, etc.), as by the force of water.
4. to purge thoroughly, as an animal.
5. to clear or rid of what is undesirable.
6. to remove by or as if by cleansing; get rid of.
7. to clean or rid of debris, impurities, etc., by or as if by washing, as cotton or wool.
v.i.
8. to cleanse or polish a surface by hard rubbing.
9. to become clean and shiny when scoured.
n.
10. the act of scouring.
11. the place scoured.
12. an implement or preparation used in scouring.
13. the erosive force of moving water.
14. Usu., scours. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) diarrhea in horses and cattle caused by intestinal infection.
[1250–1300; Middle English (v.) < Middle Dutch scūren < Old French escurer < Latin excūrāre to take care of (Medieval Latin escūrāre to clean)]
scour′er, n.

scour2

(skaʊər, ˈskaʊ ər)

v.
1. to range over, as in search: to scour the countryside for a lost child.
2. to run or pass quickly over or along.
v.i.
3. to range about, as in search of something.
4. to move rapidly or energetically.
[1250–1300; Middle English, appar. v. derivative of scour, in phrase god scour quickly]
scour′er, n.

scour


Past participle: scoured
Gerund: scouring

Imperative
scour
scour
Present
I scour
you scour
he/she/it scours
we scour
you scour
they scour
Preterite
I scoured
you scoured
he/she/it scoured
we scoured
you scoured
they scoured
Present Continuous
I am scouring
you are scouring
he/she/it is scouring
we are scouring
you are scouring
they are scouring
Present Perfect
I have scoured
you have scoured
he/she/it has scoured
we have scoured
you have scoured
they have scoured
Past Continuous
I was scouring
you were scouring
he/she/it was scouring
we were scouring
you were scouring
they were scouring
Past Perfect
I had scoured
you had scoured
he/she/it had scoured
we had scoured
you had scoured
they had scoured
Future
I will scour
you will scour
he/she/it will scour
we will scour
you will scour
they will scour
Future Perfect
I will have scoured
you will have scoured
he/she/it will have scoured
we will have scoured
you will have scoured
they will have scoured
Future Continuous
I will be scouring
you will be scouring
he/she/it will be scouring
we will be scouring
you will be scouring
they will be scouring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been scouring
you have been scouring
he/she/it has been scouring
we have been scouring
you have been scouring
they have been scouring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been scouring
you will have been scouring
he/she/it will have been scouring
we will have been scouring
you will have been scouring
they will have been scouring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been scouring
you had been scouring
he/she/it had been scouring
we had been scouring
you had been scouring
they had been scouring
Conditional
I would scour
you would scour
he/she/it would scour
we would scour
you would scour
they would scour
Past Conditional
I would have scoured
you would have scoured
he/she/it would have scoured
we would have scoured
you would have scoured
they would have scoured

Scour

When the soil being plowed does not stick to the plow shovel or moldboard, but rather slides off smoothly.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scour - a place that is scoured (especially by running water)scour - a place that is scoured (especially by running water)
place, spot, topographic point - a point located with respect to surface features of some region; "this is a nice place for a picnic"; "a bright spot on a planet"
Verb1.scour - examine minutely; "The police scoured the country for the fugitive"
look for, search, seek - try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of; "The police are searching for clues"; "They are searching for the missing man in the entire county"
2.scour - clean with hard rubbing; "She scrubbed his back"
rub - move over something with pressure; "rub my hands"; "rub oil into her skin"
holystone - scrub with a holystone; "holystone the ship's deck"
3.scour - rub hard or scrubscour - rub hard or scrub; "scour the counter tops"
rub - move over something with pressure; "rub my hands"; "rub oil into her skin"
4.scour - rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid; "flush the wound with antibiotics"; "purge the old gas tank"
rinse, rinse off - wash off soap or remaining dirt

scour

1
verb scrub, clean, polish, rub, cleanse, buff, burnish, whiten, furbish, abrade He decided to scour the sink.

scour

2
verb search, hunt, comb, ransack, forage, look high and low, go over with a fine-tooth comb We scoured the telephone directory for clues.

scour 1

verb
1. To rub hard in order to clean:
2. To remove (an outer layer or adherent matter) by rubbing a surface with considerable pressure:

scour 2

verb
Translations
يُنَقِّبُ عَن، يُفَتِّشُ عَن
cíditprohledat
gennemsøgeskure
grannskoîaskúra, skrúbba, òvo meî nuddi
berztizķemmētpārmeklēttīrīt
didik didik etmekiyice aramakovarak temizlemek

scour

[ˈskaʊəʳ]
A. VT
1. [+ pan, floor] → fregar, restregar (esp LAm); [+ channel] → limpiar
2. (= search) → registrar
we scoured the countryside for himhicimos una batida por el campo buscándole
B. VI to scour about for sthbuscar algo por todas partes
scour out VT + ADV [+ pan etc] → fregar, restregar (esp LAm); [+ channel] → limpiar
the river had scoured out part of the bankel río se había llevado una parte de la orilla

scour

[ˈskaʊər] vt
(= scrub) [+ pan, sink] → récurer; [+ floor, table] → frotter
(= search) [+ countryside, area, town] → passer au peigne fin; [+ shops] → écumer; [+ records, newspapers] → examiner
He scoured the advertisements for teaching posts → Il a écumé les annonces à la recherche de postes d'enseignant.
Officers have scoured the city for the missing man → Les agents ont passé la ville au peigne fin pour retrouver l'homme disparu.
Traders were scouring the villages for family treasures → Les négociants écumaient les villages à la recherche de trésors de famille.

scour

1
vtscheuern
nScheuern nt; give the pan a good scourscheuern Sie den Topf gründlich

scour

2
vt area, town, shopsabsuchen, abkämmen (for nach); newspaperdurchkämmen (for nach)

scour

[ˈskaʊəʳ] vt
a. (clean, pan, floor) → sfregare
b. (search, area, countryside) → setacciare, perlustrare, battere palmo a palmo

scour1

(ˈskauə) verb
to clean by hard rubbing.

scour2

(ˈskauə) verb
to make a thorough search of. They scoured the woods for the child.
References in classic literature ?
I can cook yet, and scrub, and scour,--I'm wuth a buying, if I do come cheap;--tell em dat ar,--you tell em," she added, earnestly.
She browse around the hills and scour the woods with me -- alone -- and I as good as engaged to be married?
He never could go after even a turnip-cart but he must have the swords and guns all scoured up for it, though they was only lath and broomsticks, and you might scour at them till you rotted, and then they warn't worth a mouthful of ashes more than what they was before.
My department in the prodigious Enterprise already mentioned is to scour the United Kingdom in a gig, establishing Agencies everywhere.
Eh, if it wasn't a sin to the lads to wish 'em made different, bless 'em, I should ha' been glad for one of 'em to be a little gell; and to think as I could ha' taught her to scour, and mend, and the knitting, and everything.
There's a strong scour with the ebb," he said, "and this here passage has been dug out, in a manner of speaking, with a spade.
They will scour the jungle for him when he is far away, and we and our children must run when the grass is set alight.
They put their clumsy helms over to avoid the sand-bar made by the scour of the bridge-piers, and as they passed, three abreast, the horrible voice began again:
And in vain did I scour my Field and my Sportsman for the country-house matches with which he wilfully preferred to wind up the season; the matches were there, but never the magic name of A.
Half the regiments form bands and scour the countryside and put everything to fire and sword.
Foaming with anger, Achmet Zek called his followers to horse, and though the night was pitchy black they set out to scour the adjoining forest for their quarry.
They were to scour the mountains upon opposite sides of the plain.