scrub

Definitions

  • Cutter of Scrub-Plane. Scratch-Plane and Scraper-Plane
    Cutter of Scrub-Plane. Scratch-Plane and Scraper-Plane
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj scrub (of domestic animals) not selectively bred
    • v scrub wash thoroughly "surgeons must scrub prior to an operation"
    • v scrub clean with hard rubbing "She scrubbed his back"
    • v scrub postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled "Call off the engagement","cancel the dinner party","we had to scrub our vacation plans","scratch that meeting--the chair is ill"
    • n scrub the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water
    • n scrub dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes
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Jack Pine. Scrub Pine Jack Pine. Scrub Pine

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ed Cox from San Francisco invented the pot scrubbing S.O.S. pads in 1917. His wife came up with the name, which stands for "Save Our Saucepans."
    • Scrub (Forestry) A low, straggling tree of inferior quality.
    • Scrub A thicket or jungle, often specified by the name of the prevailing plant; as, oak scrub, palmetto scrub, etc.
    • Scrub A worn-out brush.
    • a Scrub skrŭb Mean; dirty; contemptible; scrubby. "How solitary, how scrub , does this town look!""No little scrub joint shall come on my board."
    • Scrub (Stock Breeding) One of the common live stock of a region of no particular breed or not of pure breed, esp. when inferior in size, etc.
    • Scrub One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow. "A sorry scrub .""We should go there in as proper a manner as possible; nor altogether like the scrubs about us."
    • Scrub Something small and mean.
    • v. i Scrub skrŭb To rub anything hard, especially with a wet brush; to scour; hence, to be diligent and penurious; as, to scrub hard for a living.
    • v. t Scrub skrŭb To rub hard; to wash with rubbing; usually, to rub with a wet brush, or with something coarse or rough, for the purpose of cleaning or brightening; as, to scrub a floor, a doorplate.
    • Scrub Vegetation of inferior quality, though sometimes thick and impenetrable, growing in poor soil or in sand; also, brush; -- called also scrub brush. See Brush, above.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Baltimore, it is illegal to wash or scrub sinks no matter how dirty they get.
    • n scrub A bush; shrub; a tree or shrub seemingly or really stunted.
    • n scrub Collectively, bushes; brushwood; underwood; stunted forest.
    • n scrub A worn-out brush; a stunted broom.
    • n scrub One who labors hard and lives meanly; a drudge; a mean or common fellow.
    • n scrub A worn-out or worthless horse, ox, or other animal, or one of a common or inferior breed.
    • n scrub Anything small and mean.
    • scrub Of inferior breed or stunted growth; ill-conditioned; hence, scraggy; shabby; mean; scurvy; contemptible; small.
    • scrub To rub hard, either with a brush or other instrument or a cloth, or with the bare hand, for the purpose of cleaning, scouring, or making bright; cleanse, scour, or polish by rubbing with something rough.
    • scrub To cleanse, scour, or polish things by rubbing them with something rough or coarse; rub hard.
    • scrub To drudge; grub: as, to scrub hard for a living.
    • n scrub A scrubbing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Scrub skrub to rub hard, esp. with something rough
    • v.i Scrub to be laborious and penurious:—pr.p. scrub′bing; pa.t. and pa.p. scrubbed
    • n Scrub one who works hard and lives meanly: anything small or mean: a worn-out brush: low underwood: a bush: a stunted shrub: a worthless horse
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. scrobben, probably of Dutch or Scand. origin; cf. Dan. skrubbe, Sw. skrubba, D. schrobben, LG. schrubben,

Usage

In literature:

Scrub stock can be quickly improved by the continuous use of good sires.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
It was a little wilderness of hills and scrub forest, all lying under the deep snow, and without sign of either human or animal life.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
Well, Scrub, what news of the gentleman?
"The Beaux-Stratagem" by George Farquhar
We were quickly in our saddles, when several bulls burst out of the scrub a short distance from us.
"Adventures in Australia" by W.H.G. Kingston
I'm getting rather fed up with scrubbing.
"The Youngest Girl in the Fifth" by Angela Brazil
The country bordering the Nile was composed of low rocky hills and hard gravel, with occasional tufts of dry grass and scrub.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
The scrub was so thick that they had to climb together and follow-my-leader along what appeared to be cattle tracks up the hill.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
All about the little clearing was an unbroken wilderness of scrub-oaks, gorgeous but bewildering.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
There'll be a practice game to-night; we'll play against a picked up scrub team.
"Rival Pitchers of Oakdale" by Morgan Scott
Black fellows don't ride horses out in the scrub.
"The Dingo Boys" by G. Manville Fenn
You cannot keep your hands smooth and pretty without an occasional hard scrubbing.
"The Woman Beautiful" by Helen Follett Stevans
Well, he could still scrub himself off.
"The Bramble Bush" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Everything was scrubbed and scoured and swept and dusted and aired.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Scrub land is land covered with bushes.
"The Land of the Kangaroo" by Thomas Wallace Knox
My mother scrubs out the offices.
"A Little Miss Nobody" by Amy Bell Marlowe
You like scrub turkey.
"Tom Gerrard 1904" by Louis Becke
Such a scrubbing and mopping!
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
She has found a unique occupation, in scrubbing.
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
The winding trail led up to the scrub pines and from there north into the hills.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
I've been suspicious all summer that it would turn out a scrub.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
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In poetry:

And through the scrub it leads her on
And brings her to the creek,
But by the broken dam she stops
And seems as she would speak.
"A Little Ghost" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
Dusky scrub where the sunlight splashes,
Glimmer of waters barely seen
Here the hope that was dust and ashes
Leaps and flashes in flames of green.
"Middle Harbour" by John Le Gay Brereton
We, thrilling, gazed into the night
where twinkling stars rose high and dim,
above the darksome scrub, where lurked
the dingo mother fierce and grim!
"Adventure" by Alice Guerin Crist
We reached it at the noonday hours,
Coming from the scrub-aisles dime and cool,
Laden with ferns and lilies white,
And rested by it’s deepest pool.
"The Water-Witch" by Alice Guerin Crist
'Hark! there's the wail of a dingo,
Watchful and weird - I must go,
For it tolls the death-knell of the stockman
From the gloom of the scrub down below.
"The Dying Stockman" by Anonymous Oceania
There are too many kids in this tub
There are too many elbows to scrub
I just washed a behind that I'm sure wasn't mine
There are too many kids in this tub.
"Crowded Tub" by Shel Silverstein

In news:

Giants will play when marathon is scrubbed .
And when questions arose about data- scrubbing in Columbus schools, TPS reported what it had been doing to state officials.
Record-setting, sound barrier-breaking parachute jump from space scrubbed for the day.
That would be scrubbing data if we were doing it to change test scores.
There was no intent to scrub .
Ron Palillio's "The Lost Boy" Scrubbed At Playhouse.
Sutton scrubbed from D'backs-Brewers telecast.
SpaceX's historic launch to space station scrubbed at last second.
Scrubbed plan to protect foreign exchange students.
Scrubbed plan to protect exchange students.
'Grace' was scrubbed clean of real drama.
Here are the new faces on the new season of Scrubs (ABC, tonight, 9 ET/PT).
Scrubbed Rocket Launch Set For Tonight.
NASA is scrubbing the planned launch today of shuttle Endeavour and seven astronauts on an International Space Station assembly mission.
Soapbox derby is scrubbed .
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In science:

Before testing, the components of the couplers were cleaned in a Class-1000 clean area. The outer conductors were rinsed with deionized-water (DI) and allowed to dry in the cleanroom. Using Gauge-32 copper wool, the inner conductors were scrubbed with DI water and methanol.
High-Power Testing of the APT Power Coupler
In mixed heathland (comprising heath, scrub and gorse in New Zealand and mixed species including Banksia, Hakea and Allocasuarina in Australia), fuel age ranged from 5-25 years.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
Prolactin and helping behaviour in the cooperative breeding Florida scrub-jay, Aphelocoma c. coerulescens.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Any scrubbed or ”clean ” surface will adsorb molecules from the residual gas.
Summary of SLAC'S SEY Measurement On Flat Accelerator Wall Materials
Another way to use error detection is in data scrubbing .
Data Stream Algorithms for Codeword Testing
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