scrubbing


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scrub 1

 (skrŭb)
v. scrubbed, scrub·bing, scrubs
v.tr.
1.
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.
v.intr.
To clean or wash something by hard rubbing: Don't forget to scrub behind your ears.
n.
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

 (skrŭb)
n.
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"
Translations

scrubbing

n. limpieza rigurosa de las manos y brazos antes de la cirugía.
References in classic literature ?
exclaimed Jo, finishing Meg's glove by scrubbing her gown with it.
That's where she spent her time over the washtub scrubbing people's dirty clothes.
There were sugar and salt and tea and crackers, and a can of lard and a milk pail, and a scrubbing brush, and a pair of shoes for the second oldest boy, and a can of oil, and a tack hammer, and a pound of nails.
There was a big fireplace that was bricked on the bottom, and the bricks was kept clean and red by pouring water on them and scrubbing them with another brick; some- times they wash them over with red water-paint that they call Spanish-brown, same as they do in town.
To much confabulation succeeded a sound of scrubbing and setting to rights; and when I passed the room, in going downstairs to dinner, I saw through the open door that all was again restored to complete order; only the bed was stripped of its hangings.
And the Doctor was told that in the morning he must begin scrubbing the kitchen-floor.
I will get soft soap, and monkey soap, and all sorts of soap; and soda and scrubbing brushes; and persian powder; and carbolic to remove the smell.
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.
Every morning, when fish or beef is being cooked, and washing and scrubbing are in progress, the house is filled with steam.
We listened to the steward going into the bathroom out of the saloon, filling the water bottles there, scrubbing the bath, setting things to rights, whisk, bang, clatter--out again into the saloon--turn the key--click.
Even when fresh from a scrubbing, his hands were not entirely clean.
Timidly obedient to the summons, a little girl in a rough apron and a large bonnet, with her hands covered with soap and water and a scrubbing brush in one of them, appears, and curtsys.