Scour

Definition of Scour

Pronunciation: skour
v. t.1.To rub hard with something rough, as sand or Bristol brick, especially for the purpose of cleaning; to clean by friction; to make clean or bright; to cleanse from grease, dirt, etc., as articles of dress.
[imp. & p. p. Scoured ; p. pr. & vb. n. Scouring.]
2.To purge; as, to scour a horse.
3.To remove by rubbing or cleansing; to sweep along or off; to carry away or remove, as by a current of water; - often with off or away.
[I will] stain my favors in a bloody mask,
Which, washed away, shall scour my shame with it.
- Shak.
4.To pass swiftly over; to brush along; to traverse or search thoroughly; as, to scour the coast.
Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain.
- Pope.
5.To cleanse or clear, as by a current of water; to flush.
If my neighbor ought to scour a ditch.
- Blackstone.
Scouring barrel
a tumbling barrel. See under Tumbling.
Scouring cinder
(Metal.) a basic slag, which attacks the lining of a shaft furnace.
Scouring rush
(Bot.) See Dutch rush, under Dutch.
- Raymond.
Scouring stock
(Woolen Manuf.) a kind of fulling mill.
v. i.1.To clean anything by rubbing.
2.To cleanse anything.
Warm water is softer than cold, for it scoureth better.
- Bacon.
3.To be purged freely; to have a diarrhœa.
4.To run swiftly; to rove or range in pursuit or search of something; to scamper.
So four fierce coursers, starting to the race,
Scour through the plain, and lengthen every pace.
- Dryden.
n.1.Diarrhœa or dysentery among cattle.
2.The act of scouring.
3.A place scoured out by running water, as in the bed of a stream below a fall.
If you catch the two sole denizens [trout] of a particular scour, you will find another pair installed in their place to-morrow.
- Grant Allen.

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