Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that scrubs, especially:
  • n. One who cleans floors, for example, by scrubbing.
  • n. A brush, appliance, or abrasive that is used in cleaning.
  • n. An apparatus that is used for removing impurities from a gas.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person or appliance that cleans floors etc by scrubbing
  • n. A device that removes impurities from gases
  • n. A prostitute, or a slovenly woman

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, scrubs; esp., a brush or machine used in scrubbing.
  • n. A gas washer. See under Gas.
  • n. a device for removing pollutants from a gas stream, especially for removing sulfur oxides from processes burning coal or oil.
  • n. a stunted or emaciated steer.
  • n. A person who lives in the bush.
  • n. A domesticated animal which has escaped and lives wild in the bush.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An animal which breaks away from the herd, and runs wild in the scrub, generally coming out at night to feed in the open; in the plural, scrub-cattle.
  • n. One who scrubs; specifically, one of a scrub-gang aboard ship.
  • n. A scrubbing-brush.
  • n. An apparatus for freeing coal-gas from tarry impurities and ammonia.
  • n. In leather manufacturing, a machine for washing leather after it comes from the tan-pits.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a worker who uses a scrub brush to clean a surface (usually a floor or deck)
  • n. a brush with short stiff bristles for heavy cleaning
  • n. a purifier that removes impurities from a gas

Etymologies

scrub +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ants have armoured skin, which when added as fragments and shattered carapaces, imparts all the goodness of a skin scrubber.

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  • The scrubber, which is still in development now, it means that removing one ton of carbon a day is likely just the beginning because it ` s still in development.

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  • The scrubber is a vessel containing in its lower part water, W, supplied by a pipe, and having an overflow.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 324, March 18, 1882

  • This case involves the installation of a wet flue gas desulphurization system (also known as a "scrubber") at Merrimack Station, an electricity generating facility in Bow owned by the appellee, Public Service Company of New Hampshire (PSNH).

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  • A machine called a scrubber cleans gases of contaminants.

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  • General features include easy to use spreadsheeting, do not call scrubber, import and export call list.

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  • Charbroil, but instead uses a nested scrubber, which is very much like a scouring pad or a

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  • That ... again, that project is on time and on budget and then we have a flue gas scrubber, which is going to be done about the same time, fall 2009. $34 million project, we have $13 million to date and will spend $6 million in the fourth quarter and $15 million in 2009.

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  • In 2006, the New Hampshire legislature voted (unanimously) to authorize the installation of a mercury "scrubber" which will reduce the plant's mercury emissions.

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  • You wrote a lovely review of Songes by Annick Goutal a while back, and because you are the Oracle as far as I'm concerned I was surprised that I found it to be a definite "scrubber" on me.

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  • Australian slang: "someone who's rough, low quality"
    "They showed her where to get the best pie and chips in Murray Street, the very thought of which kept her off lunch in general, and they introduced Rose to the addiction of listening in. They were silly, dizzy scrubbers, and she liked them"
    Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, pp 181-182 of the Graywolf Press hardcover edition

    March 31, 2010