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scrub 1

v. scrubbed, scrub·bing, scrubs
a. To rub hard in order to clean: scrubbed the floor.
b. To remove (dirt or stains) by hard rubbing.
2. To remove impurities from (a gas) chemically.
3. Computers
a. To maintain the integrity of by finding and correcting errors: software that automatically scrubs stored data.
b. To erase in such a way as to render unrecoverable: scrubbed the laptop's hard drive to destroy incriminating evidence.
4. Slang To cancel or abandon; drop: We had to scrub our plans for vacation.
To clean or wash something by hard rubbing: Don't forget to scrub behind your ears.
1. The act or an instance of scrubbing.
2. A preparation or product used in scrubbing.
Phrasal Verb:
scrub up
To wash the hands and arms thoroughly, as before performing or participating in surgery.

[Middle English shrubben, scrobben, to currycomb a horse, rub oneself, from Middle Dutch schrobben, to clean by rubbing, scrape; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

scrub′ba·ble adj.

scrub 2

1. Vegetation consisting chiefly of shrubs and small trees.
2. An area covered with such vegetation; shrubland.
3. A domestic animal that is feral or not purebred.
4. Slang A contemptible or incompetent person.
5. Sports A player not on the varsity or first team.

[Middle English, variant of shrub; see shrub1.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scrubbing - the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and waterscrubbing - the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water
cleaning, cleansing, cleanup - the act of making something clean; "he gave his shoes a good cleaning"
mopping, swabbing - cleaning with a mop; "he gave it a good mopping"


n. limpieza rigurosa de las manos y brazos antes de la cirugía.
References in classic literature ?
You will begin by scrubbing it, and by scrubbing the floors of the other rooms.
Day after day he came to his work--sweeping, scrubbing, cleaning.
And the Doctor was told that in the morning he must begin scrubbing the kitchen-floor.
Sancho Panza stopped to scratch his head to bring back the letter to his memory, and balanced himself now on one foot, now the other, one moment staring at the ground, the next at the sky, and after having half gnawed off the end of a finger and kept them in suspense waiting for him to begin, he said, after a long pause, "By God, senor licentiate, devil a thing can I recollect of the letter; but it said at the beginning, 'Exalted and scrubbing Lady.
I'd been scrubbing the deck, and all at once a chap said to me:
On bringing him home he resorted to every means of cleaning, and subjected the man to incessant scrubbings.
I've never touched a duck's butt, but I'm assuming it's smooth and silky - which is just what you want a body to feel like after scrubbing away at it.
We analysed the difference between chemical disinfection without water (Dry Scrubbing) and standard surgical scrubbing (Wet Scrubbing) in terms of the (1) difference in surface flora on the hands of the operating team; this also serves as a surrogate marker of wound infection and (2) wound infection rates.
To use just the hamam costs e1/430 for one person which includes a towel, soap and a scrubbing loofah as well as complementary tea and lokum.
A good amount of sugar beads for exfoliating, and the thick, clay-like goop feels like it washes as well as scrubbing.
CHICAGO -- International Home and Housewares Show; Booth N6450 -- Household scrubbing pads are like sandpaper with varying grades and grits, and most are too abrasive for natural stone surfaces, leaving scratches that require costly repair.
DenTek has rolled out new Scrub Betweens Dental Pick, a soft scrubbing dental pick with thousands of microbristles.