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  • n. A tool used to scour, usually used to clean cookwares.
  • n. Agent noun of scour; a person who scours.
  • n. A rover or footpad; a prowling robber.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, scours.
  • n. A rover or footpad; a prowling robber.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who scours or cleans by rubbing or washing.
  • n. A form of grain-cdeaner in which smut, dust, etc., are removed from the berry by a rubbing action.
  • n. A drastic cathartic.
  • n. One who runs with speed.
  • n. One who scours or roams the streets by night; a rover, robber, or footpad; specifically, one of a band of young scamps who, in the latter half of the seventeenth century, roamed the streets of London and committed various kinds of mischief.

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

  • n. someone who cleanses by scouring
  • n. someone who travels widely and energetically


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