American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To search through for salvageable material: scavenged the garbage cans for food scraps.
- v. To collect and remove refuse from: The streets are periodically scavenged.
- v. To collect (salvageable material) by searching.
- v. To expel (exhaust gases) from a cylinder of an internal-combustion engine.
- v. To expel exhaust gases from (such a cylinder).
- v. Metallurgy To clean (molten metal) by chemically removing impurities.
- v. To search through refuse for useful material.
- v. To feed on dead or decaying matter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cleanse from filth.
- In certain forms of the internal-combustion motor, to sweep out of (the cylinder) by an inrush of atmospheric air the burnt products of the previous combustion-stroke. By thus cleansing or scavenging the cylinder the fresh intake of combustible mixture is not diluted with incombustible gases, nor is it heated by them so as to contain less weight of fuel per cubic foot of volume.
- v. transitive to collect and remove refuse, or to search through refuse for useful material
- v. transitive to remove unwanted material from something, especially to purify molten metal by removing impurities
- v. transitive to expel the exhaust gases from the cylinder of an internal combustion engine, and draw in air for the next cycle
- v. intransitive to feed on carrion or refuse
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cleanse, as streets, from filth.
- v. to salvage (usable items or material) from discarded or waste material.
- v. To remove (burned gases) from the cylinder after a working stroke.
- v. (Internal-combustion Engines) To remove the burned gases from the cylinder after a working stroke.
- v. collect discarded or refused material
- v. remove unwanted substances from
- v. feed on carrion or refuse
- v. clean refuse from
- Back-formation from scavenger. (Wiktionary)
- Back-formation from scavenger. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I love what information I have managed to scavenge from the Internet about this movie, except for this new name.”
“Many families living there support themselves by what they scavenge from the dump.”
“Maybe he would heat it a little over a fire, but, more often he would eat just after a kill or scavenge, meaning, raw organs, raw meats.”
“If so, then tiny "triad usage" grid signals to the devices would directly "scavenge" the disordered heat energy and stress energy continually appearing in the environment.”
“An electrical engineering student at the University of Queensland, Blake Newman, is looking for ways FLECK Nanos could 'scavenge' energy from the environment.”
“It is during this time that the snow crystal can collect or "scavenge" pollutants that are present in the air.”
“triad-usage" grid input sound signals to "scavenge" long-term, locked-in physical stress from the body, radiating the stress energy away as PCR sound energy.”
“Part of the problem: the Pentagon shorted the soldiers on good stuff like armor, then told them to scavenge the dumps for tin cans.”
“While there, three men drove up in a small blue car to scavenge for building materials.”
“Peter Bradshaw gave four stars to the documentary Waste Land, about the "pickers" who scavenge in Rio de Janeiro's landfill, and the artist Vik Muniz, who has created work around and involving them.”
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