the act of washing or bathing thoroughly, especially the aseptic washing by doctors, nurses, etc., before a surgical operation.
verb (used with object), scrubbed, scrubbing.
to rub hard with a brush, cloth, etc., or against a rough surface in washing.
to subject to friction; rub.
to remove (dirt, grime, etc.) from something by hard rubbing while washing.
Chemistry. to remove (impurities or undesirable components) from a gas by chemical means, as sulfur dioxide from smokestack gas or carbon dioxide from exhaled air in life-support packs.
to cancel or postpone (a space flight or part of a mission):
Ground control scrubbed the spacewalk.
Slang. to do away with; cancel:
Scrub your vacation plans—there’s work to do!
verb (used without object), scrubbed, scrubbing.
to cleanse something by hard rubbing.
to cleanse one’s hands and arms as a preparation to performing or assisting in surgery (often followed by up).
an act or instance of scrubbing.
a canceled or postponed space flight, launching, scheduled part of a space mission, etc.
something, as a cosmetic preparation, used for scrubbing.
verb scrubs, scrubbing, scrubbed
to rub (a surface) hard, with or as if with a brush, soap, and water, in order to clean it
to remove (dirt), esp by rubbing with a brush and water
(intransitive) foll by up. (of a surgeon) to wash the hands and arms thoroughly before operating
(transitive) to purify (a vapour or gas) by removing impurities
(transitive) (informal) to delete or cancel
(intransitive) (horse racing, slang) (of jockeys) to urge a horse forwards by moving the arms and whip rhythmically forwards and backwards alongside its neck
the act of or an instance of scrubbing
vegetation consisting of stunted trees, bushes, and other plants growing in an arid area
(as modifier): scrub vegetation
an area of arid land covered with such vegetation
an animal of inferior breeding or condition
(as modifier): a scrub bull
a small or insignificant person
anything stunted or inferior
(sport, US & Canadian) a player not in the first team
(Austral, informal) the scrub, a remote place, esp one where contact with people can be avoided
small, stunted, or inferior
(sport, US & Canadian)
(of a player) not in the first team
(of a team) composed of such players
(of a contest) between scratch or incomplete teams
noun, plural scrubwomen. 1. a woman hired to clean a place; charwoman.
noun 1. the nape or back of the neck. noun, Metallurgy. 1. (in tin-plating) dross formed in the bath. noun 1. the nape of the neck (esp in the phrase by the scruff of the neck) noun 1. (informal) an untidy scruffy person 2. (informal) a disreputable person, ruffian 3. another name for scum (sense […]
neats vs. scruffies
adjective, scruffier, scruffiest. 1. untidy; shabby. adjective scruffier, scruffiest 1. unkempt or shabby scruffy