scavenger

Definitions

  • Great water-scavenger beetle
    Great water-scavenger beetle
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scavenger any animal that feeds on refuse and other decaying organic matter
    • n scavenger someone who collects things that have been discarded by others
    • n scavenger a chemical agent that is added to a chemical mixture to counteract the effects of impurities
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Dissection of great water-scavenger beetle Dissection of great water-scavenger beetle

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scavenger A person whose employment is to clean the streets of a city, by scraping or sweeping, and carrying off the filth. The name is also applied to any animal which devours refuse, carrion, or anything injurious to health.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scavenger An officer whose duty it was to take custom upon the inspection of imported goods, and later also to see that the streets were kept clean. Also scavager.
    • n scavenger Hence A person whose employment is to clean the streets, etc., of a city or the like, by scraping or sweeping together and carrying off the filth.
    • n scavenger In cotton-spinning, a child employed to collect the loose cotton lying about the floor or machinery.
    • n scavenger In entomology, a scavenger-beetle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scavenger skav′en-jėr one who cleans the streets: an animal which feeds on carrion: a child employed to pick up loose cotton from the floor in a cotton-mill
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Quotations

  • Malcolm Muggeridge
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    “Civilization -- a heap of rubble scavenged by scrawny English Lit. vultures.”
  • Carl Sandburg
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    “The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. scavager, an officer with various duties, originally attending to scavage, fr. OE. & E. scavage,. See Scavage Show (v.)
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.

Usage

In literature:

And with good reason, for they render very useful service both as scavengers and as slayers of snakes and other reptiles.
"Little Folks (July 1884)" by Various
Summon some scavenger to collect the vile remains, and bury them in a dung-hill.
"City Crimes" by Greenhorn
I am a wonderful scavenger now.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
Crows are also useful as scavengers.
"India and the Indians" by Edward F. Elwin
Not so: if we had only the rain as a scavenger we should be in a sorry plight.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
It was dirty, but happy in having crows for its scavengers; sickly, but cheery; old, but with an youthful infusion.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
The swine that ran at large in the streets, practically the only scavengers, were banished.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
This is always the great difficulty skywardness has in dealing with the moral scavenger.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Mr. Neill has been, with some justice, called the scavenger of Virginia history.
"Patrician and Plebeian" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
Even if they make you a street-scavenger, remember that is better than loafing.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
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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:

Everyone hearts a good mystery, so plan a scavenger hunt sleepover.
Q&A: The Corporate Scavenger Hunt iPhone App.
It's the Shamrock Scavenger Hunt on KLAW.
As part of our College Radio Day shenanigans, WUAG is hosting a scavenger hunt of city-wide, and potentially state-wide (nation-wide.
Go on a salmon scavenger hunt to find out about threats to salmon populations.
Community members in Osage are on a scavenger hunt for a blue maple leaf.
The Power 9 Board in Osage is in the third week of its Blue Zone scavenger hunt.
During my media technology class in college, we had to make Internet scavenger hunts.
Baltimore is one of 10 cities participating in these scavenger hunts, put on by Challenge Nation.
Here is the Dyna Scavenger Kit: one puck, one return fitting, about 2 feet of hose, an.
Treasure Hunt and Scavenger Hunt Games.
Downtown Bozeman has Mardi Gras covered this year from a scavenger hunt to a pub crawl DETAILS ARE HERE.
If you would like to enter the contest to win the tickets, play our scavenger hunt and use your points to be in the raffle.
Wayfair finds profits in a Pinterest scavenger hunt.
Wayfair LLC boosted conversions from Pinterest 107% and average order size 48% in four weeks thanks to a scavenger hunt the furniture and home goods retailer hosted on Pinterest.
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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
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