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Scour (skour), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scoured (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Scouring.] [Akin to LG. schüren, D. schuren, schueren, G. scheuern, Dan. skure; Sw. skura; all possibly fr. LL. escurare, fr. L. ex + curare to take care. Cf. Cure.]

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.

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. [Perhaps a different word; cf. OF. escorre, escourre, It. scorrere, both fr. L. excurrere to run forth. Cf. Excursion.]

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.

Scouring barrel, a tumbling barrel. See under Tumbling. --
Scouring cinder (Metal.), a basic slag, which attacks the lining of a shaft furnace. Raymond. --
Scouring rush. (Bot.) See Dutch rush, under Dutch. --
Scouring stock (Woolen Manuf.), a kind of fulling mill.

 

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Scour, v. i.

1.

To clean anything by rubbing. Shak.

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.

 

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Scour, n.

Diarrhœa or dysentery among cattle.

 

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Scour (?), v. t.

To cleanse or clear, as by a current of water; to flush.

If my neighbor ought to scour a ditch.
Blackstone.

 

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Scour, n.

1.

The act of scouring.

2.

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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