[ noun ] moving over territory to search for something


"scouring the entire area revealed nothing"

Used in print

(Gene Caesar, Rifle for Rent....)

A detailed scouring of the entire area revealed nothing beyond a ledge of rocks that might have been the rifleman 's hiding_place .

Related terms

search scour

[ noun ] the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water


scrubbing scrub

Used in print

(Jay C. Harris and John R. Van Wazer, "Detergent...)

Many scouring powders now also contain phosphates .

Related terms

cleaning swabbing scrub