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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scouring the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water
    • n scouring moving over territory to search for something "scouring the entire area revealed nothing"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scouring The act expressed by the verb to scour in its various senses. Specifically
    • scouring Having an erosive action on the hearth of the furnace: said of slag which is very fusible and fluid when melted, highly vitreous when cooled, also generally very silicious and ferruginous in composition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Scouring in angling, the freshening of angle-worms for bait by putting them in clean sand
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  • John Ruskin
    “Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. escurer—L. excurāre, to take great care of.


In literature:

We carried him home and scoured the country round for doctors to come and look at his hurt.
"Barry Lyndon" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Under the trees the long white-scoured tables stood ready with bowl and trencher, and Alwin carried food to and fro with leisurely steps.
"The Thrall of Leif the Lucky" by Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
It were best if you did scour the country toward Chesterfield for her, while Frank went to York.
"Unknown to History" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The days pass, then, in a delightful monotony; one reads, writes, sits or paces in the garden, scours the country on still sunny afternoons.
"At Large" by Arthur Christopher Benson
In the mean time, Hannah went to work, and, by dint of half an hour's hard scouring, got the kettle to look something like itself.
"Woman's Trials" by T. S. Arthur
I scoured and burned and scolded and bossed them all like a madwoman.
"The Story Of Julia Page" by Kathleen Norris
At the same time, his confederates had scoured the town and taken every friar in the city into custody.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume III.(of III) 1574-84" by John Lothrop Motley
It isn't that the floor is not scoured, for you cannot scour dry mud into anything but wet mud.
"The Kellys and the O'Kellys" by Anthony Trollope
He dropped the reins, and his frightened horse scoured with him over the plain.
"Legends of Charlemagne" by Thomas Bulfinch
In the morning the country was scoured, and a few detached posts of the Austrians captured.
"The Lion of the North" by G.A. Henty

In poetry:

Sedate and proud old cities,—
Loved well enough by me,
Then how should I be yearning
To scour the earth and sea.
"The Cross-Current" by Abbie Farwell Brown
"The scourings of creation,
Of every sin and station,
The men who've known damnation,
Are picked to lead the way."
"Kelly Of The Legion" by Robert W Service
At home he has a horse to ride;
To "scour the desert" is his pride.
His horse is of the purest breed;
Some people call his horse a steed.
"Little People: An Alphabet" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
But though in pigmy wanderings dull
I scour the deserts of his skull,
I never find the face, eyes, teeth.
Lowering or laughing underneath.
"Cyclopean" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
You don't think as do we, you don't know of the boldly
Rising winds that are scouring the now empty lea
Or that onto the grass they'll soon sweep the still golden
But by then dead and dried bumblebee.
"The Last Bumblebee" by Ivan Bunin
Or, brushing through the copse, from his leafy home I start
The stately elk, or tusky boar, the bison, or the hart,
And then, with eager spur, to scour, away, away,
Nor stop until my dogs have brought the glorious brute to bay!
"Adventure" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Sleuths scour family trees for ancestor secrets.
Israeli troops scour West Bank villages for killers of 5 Jewish settlers.
Scientists scour Haiti for clues to past and potential earthquakes.
Scour Oregon's unclaimed property for others.
Officials said search teams are scouring a ravine near where the plane's scattered wreckage was found.
World scoured for terror plotters.
After days spent scouring Tiger Mountain, teams had found nothing.
Scoured the Earth for Rare Fruit.
Locals scouring the city for Twinkies.
Scouring through the mudslinging.
Scouring the Oakland Coliseum for a Decent Meal.
Scouring the Coliseum for a Decent Meal.
Or if you don't have time to clean the entire house, scour one room.
Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group is close to launching its four-star Virgin Hotel brand in New York and is actively scouring the city for locations, Side Dish has learned. scours Asia Pacific region.

In science:

Astronomical observations demonstrate conclusively that T-Tauri-type outbursts can be of sufficient magnitude to scour the terrestrial-planet region of our Solar System.
Nature of Planetary Matter and Magnetic Field Generation in the Solar System
This is consistent with the picture that cores in giant ellipticals are scoured by SMBH binary inspirals during successive merger events – assuming only that relaxation times are long enough in those systems for the results from different mergers to be cumulative.
Mergers of Unequal Mass Galaxies: Supermassive Black Hole Binary Evolution and Structure of Merger Remnants
But at the same time, no-one knows what the full luminosity range of systems that might be generated by “core-scouring” look like, nor what the kinematics of those ob jects might be, particularly if the initial mergers are of unequal mass, and some amount of gas (as in “damp” mergers) is present in the first steps.
Cores and the Kinematics of Early-Type Galaxies
Scouring our computer calculations, we have found an example of each of the possibilities for bad curves enumerated in the previous section, and so all of these possibilities do indeed occur.
The maximum number of points on a curve of genus 4 over F_8 is 25
The accompanying erosion scoured off in excess of 5000 feet of the sedimentary rock that covers other parts of the Great Plains, exposing the dome.
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