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SCOUR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does scour mean? 

SCOUR (noun)
  The noun SCOUR has 1 sense:

1. a place that is scoured (especially by running water)

  Familiarity information: SCOUR used as a noun is very rare.


SCOUR (verb)
  The verb SCOUR has 4 senses:

1. examine minutely
2. clean with hard rubbing
3. rub hard or scrub
4. rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid

  Familiarity information: SCOUR used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SCOUR (noun)


Sense 1scour [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A place that is scoured (especially by running water)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Hypernyms ("scour" is a kind of...):

place; spot; topographic point (a point located with respect to surface features of some region)


SCOUR (verb)


Sense 1scour [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Examine minutely

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

The police scoured the country for the fugitive

Hypernyms (to "scour" is one way to...):

look for; search; seek (try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence examples:

The men scour the area for animals
The men scour for animals in the area


Sense 2scour [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Clean with hard rubbing

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

scrub; scour

Context example:

She scrubbed his back

Hypernyms (to "scour" is one way to...):

rub (move over something with pressure)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "scour"):

holystone (scrub with a holystone)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 3scour [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rub hard or scrub

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

abrade; scour

Context example:

scour the counter tops

Hypernyms (to "scour" is one way to...):

rub (move over something with pressure)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4scour [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

scour; flush; purge

Context examples:

flush the wound with antibiotics / purge the old gas tank

Hypernyms (to "scour" is one way to...):

rinse; rinse off (wash off soap or remaining dirt)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


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