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scour 1

v. scoured, scour·ing, scours
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.
1. To scrub something in order to clean or polish it.
2. To have diarrhea. Used of livestock.
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

v. scoured, scour·ing, scours
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.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scourer - someone who cleanses by scouring
cleaner - someone whose occupation is cleaning
2.scourer - someone who travels widely and energetically; "he was a scourer of the seven seas"
traveler, traveller - a person who changes location


[ˈskaʊrəʳ] N (= pad) → estropajo m; (= powder) → limpiador m, quitagrasas m inv


[ˈskaʊərər] n (= pad) → tampon m abrasif, tampon m à récurer (= powder) → poudre f à récurer


nTopfkratzer m; (= sponge)Scheuerschwamm m


[ˈskaʊərəʳ] n (pad) → paglietta
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Some of them admitted to eating bits of the sponges too, even taking a liking to the green scourer part of a cleaning sponge.
YOU WILL NEED A lid from a jar Blue Play-Doh or Plasticine Rocks A green pan scourer Sand Thin card A cocktail stick White and blue paint Glue, pencils, felt pens, scissors METHOD 1.
The US has fewer direct domestic substitutes for the heavier, scourer crude grades that it has traditionally imported from the Middle East.
Use salt as a scourer for any stubborn stains by sprinkling it directly on to the cloth, scrubbing, then rinsing using a cloth and some warm water to remove all of the residue.
Pte Edwin Beaumont, 27, of 57 Newsome Road, Berry Brow, had been a scourer at the Vickerman and Sons Ltd mill at Taylor Hill.
"You don't need to repaint them, you can take a white kitchen scourer and a bucket of mild soapy water, and gently buff the surface of any scuff marks and clean the paintwork.
Dishmatic Fill and Clean Scourer with Handle, Wilko.
* Bicarbonate of soda will remove stains and odours, and is a good, gentle scourer.
Alfie was keeping owner Maria Bird company as she cleaned the bathroom when he swiped a sponge from the pack and swallowed it, scourer and all.
You could also try a washing-up scourer (but not steel wool).
Supply, erection & commissioning, also assuring guarantee figures for two rocks separating machines and two horizontal scourer machines at the German Cylindrical flour mill in Assuit.