1 moving over territory to search for something; "scouring the entire area revealed nothing"
2 the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water [syn: scrub, scrubbing]
- The act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water
- present participle of scour
- Scouring the entire area revealed nothing.
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