• Great water-scavenger beetle
    Great water-scavenger beetle
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scavenge remove unwanted substances from
    • v scavenge feed on carrion or refuse "hyenas scavenge"
    • v scavenge collect discarded or refused material "She scavenged the garbage cans for food"
    • v scavenge clean refuse from "Scavenge a street"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Scavenge To cleanse, as streets, from filth.
    • Scavenge To remove (burned gases) from the cylinder after a working stroke.
    • v. i Scavenge (Internal-combustion Engines) To remove the burned gases from the cylinder after a working stroke; as, this engine does not scavenge well.
    • Scavenge to salvage (usable items or material) from discarded or waste material.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scavenge To cleanse from filth.
    • scavenge 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Scavenge to cleanse
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  • Malcolm Muggeridge
    “Civilization -- a heap of rubble scavenged by scrawny English Lit. vultures.”
  • Carl Sandburg
    “The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Orig. scavager, an inspector of goods for sale, and also of the streets; from scavage, duty on goods for sale—A.S. sceawian, to inspect; cf. Show.


In literature:

It was because of their scavenger habits that they came to be blamed for killing the animals upon which they fed.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
I'd rather be a scavenger!
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
For the moment he thought of the coyote, that thieving scavenger of the prairie which is ever on the prowl at night.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
So desolate, so poor, so humble, as not to deserve a second glance from the lowest of scavenger or pirate ships.
"The Passing of Ku Sui" by Anthony Gilmore
He had accustomed himself to the hourly intrusion of the scavenger pigs and starving dogs in his house.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Then, as now, literary scavengers were at work.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
It was so dark that we could not get a shot at these African scavengers, though I sallied out once or twice after them.
"Notes in North Africa" by W. G. Windham
War spares not the child; it spares not the barrow of the harmless scavenger.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 5 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But the colony could not continue without scavengers!
"The Hate Disease" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
We are all good scavengers now, and there is no need of buzzards in the streets.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones

In poetry:

All who were wont to ply the oar
Upon the Thames, or drudge ashore,
Links, porters, scavengers, complain,
They can't their bread by labour gain.
"Another On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard
But where is the penny world I bought
To eat with Pipit behind the screen?
The red-eyed scavengers are creeping
From Kentish Town and Golder's Green;
"A Cooking Egg" by T S Eliot
With a taste for Spanish wine-shops and for spending my doubloons,
And a crew of swart mulattoes and black-eyed octoroons,
And a thoughtful way with mutineers of making them maroons,
Like a fine old salt-sea scavenger, like a tarry Buccaneer.
"The Tarry Buccaneer" by John Masefield

In news:

Castle scavenger hunt in south St Louis County.
The Brooklyn Decker Scavenger Hunt.
Win an SPS Custom in AZ Moto- Scavenger Hunt.
Onslow County Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a Fall Family Scavenger Hunt and movie at sunset Saturday, Nov 10.
With two digital cameras, four smartphones, and a list of 15 San Antonio landmarks, my family recently took on the Alamo City for a photo scavenger hunt.
In our latest edition of Vulture Scavenger , we waded through all six modern Batman films and accompanying materials.
MoJo's Official DNC Scavenger Hunt.
Messiah Lutheran Church,305 W Magnetic St in Marquette, will hold a Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt at 10 am Sunday to collect food items for the Salvation Army Food Pantry.
Students will work in groups to complete a mobile scavenger hunt on local history.
The national mattress store scavenger hunt.
Jimmy Kimmel hosted a Skype scavenger hunt with two sets of college roommates.
Scavenger hunts and dinosaurs for kids.
Here is the Dyna Scavenger Kit: one puck, one return fitting, about 2 feet of hose, and a clamp.
BCBC's 2011 Egg-Mazing Bicycle Race Scavenger Hunt is this coming Saturday.
Some participants searching for clues in the 2010 Egg-Mazing Bike Race and Scavenger Hunt.

In science:

Mitcheson, T.C. Green, E.M. Yeatman and A.S. Holmes, “Architectures for Vibration-Driven MicroPower Generators”, Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, Vol. 13, pp. 429-440, 2004. S. Roundy et al., “Improving Power Output for Vibration-Based Energy Scavengers”, IEEE Pervasive Computing, Vol. 4, pp. 28-36, 2005. T.
Characterisation of an Electrostatic Vibration Harvester
With such capabilities at hand, truly distributed task scheduling with minimal latencies would be reachable by internationally distributed collaborations (such as ones in HENP) seeking for scavenging or maximizing on geographically spread computational resources.
Using constraint programming to resolve the multi-source/multi-site data movement paradigm on the Grid
Features of microflora of intestine at psoriasis against Blastocystis hominis invasion, Dissertation. Ulyanovsk, 2004, 180 p. (Rus) Fabriek BO, van Bruggen R, Deng DM et al. The macrophage scavenger receptor CD163 functions as an innate immune sensor for bacteria.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
B particles will be referred to as the ”scavengers” .
Kinetics of stochastically-gated diffusion-limited reactions and geometry of random walk trajectories
This random variable may assume two values - 0 with probability p, in which case the scavenger is neutral with respect to the reaction, and the value 1 with probability 1−p, which corresponds to the reactive state.
Kinetics of stochastically-gated diffusion-limited reactions and geometry of random walk trajectories