• WordNet 3.6
    • n scrubber a purifier that removes impurities from a gas
    • n scrubber a brush with short stiff bristles for heavy cleaning
    • n scrubber a worker who uses a scrub brush to clean a surface (usually a floor or deck)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scrubber (Manufacturing) a device for removing pollutants from a gas stream, especially for removing sulfur oxides from processes burning coal or oil.
    • Scrubber (Gas Manuf) A gas washer. See under Gas.
    • Scrubber One who, or that which, scrubs; esp., a brush or machine used in scrubbing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scrubber An animal which breaks away from the herd, and runs wild in the scrub, generally coming out at night to feed in the open; in the plural, scrub-cattle.
    • n scrubber One who scrubs; specifically, one of a scrub-gang aboard ship.
    • n scrubber A scrubbing-brush.
    • n scrubber An apparatus for freeing coal-gas from tarry impurities and ammonia. It consists of a tower filled with loose materials over which water trickles. The gas is caused to rise through the falling water, and is purified during the ascent. The tar-impregnated water is subsequently treated to recover the ammonia.
    • n scrubber In leather manufacturing, a machine for washing leather after it comes from the tan-pits.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Scrubber in Australia, an animal which breaks away from the herd: a machine for washing leather after the tanpit
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scrob, a shrub.


In literature:

And if you're dull and want a job there'll be a spice of excitement in helping to tail that mob of scrubbers.
"Lady Bridget in the Never-Never Land" by Rosa Praed
His landlady's little female scrubber was working at the grate in his sitting-room.
"Sandra Belloni, Complete" by George Meredith
Light for my goddess, and for your scrubbers and scourers.
"The Emperor, Complete" by Georg Ebers
The scrubbers were fairly close now.
"The Cruise of the Dry Dock" by T. S. Stribling
Hand over that scrubber.
"A Dream of the North Sea" by James Runciman
Anna had been an all-day scrubber.
"Half Portions" by Edna Ferber
This is passed through a scrubber and into a gas holder ready for use.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 611, September 17, 1887" by Various
In this scrubber a fairly concentrated solution of sulphate of ammonia containing 36 to 38 per cent.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 717, September 28, 1889" by Various
Except that the scrubbers weren't working.
"The Bramble Bush" by Gordon Randall Garrett
All I know about you is that you're the worst floor scrubber I ever saw.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford

In poetry:

Kate the scrubber (forty summers,
Stout but sportive) treads a measure,
Grinning, in herself a ballet,
Fixed as fate upon her audience.
"Interlude" by William Ernest Henley
We’ve ’em now—the cows and calves
(Things here are never done by halves);
Strangers, workers, and milkers, too,
Of scrubbers also not a few.
"Song of the Squatter" by Anonymous Oceania
Chorus: So early in the morning, etc.
We've got 'em now — the cows and calves
(Things here are never done by halves);
Strangers, workers, and milkers, too,
Of scrubbers also not a few.
"Mustering Song" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Figure 1 Scrubber suction piping.
Start by upgrading one of your most-used washing utensils: the scrubber.
The Advance SC750 REV floor scrubber has a 28-in.
Make way for the Scrubber .
A " Scrubber " made at the Sistersville Tank Works, weighing upwards of 70,000 pounds, collected a fair share of interest by residents and drivers along W.Va. Back to Article.
What is causing the damage to the rubber lining in our scrubber tank.
We have a rubber-lined vessel for a scrubber tank.
Joe Liguori, husband of Baldwin Bark co-owner Ashley Liguori, signed up to be the head scrubber again this year.
Select automatic scrubbers that have solution management systems that help control water flow.
Automatic scrubbers are either "walk-behinds" or "ride-ons".
Making a Clean-air Scrubber .
Today's industrial scrubber technology can help make existing energy companies more environmentally friendly.
Oh, it's not that these scrubbers lack material—quite the opposite, in fact.
Utilites' letters touting Neumann scrubbers generate no replies.
At world-renowned Cornell University, Advance launches breakthrough Adfinity™ X20R REV™ automatic floor scrubber.