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SCOUR, verb transitive

1. To rub hard with something rough, for the purpose of cleaning; as, to scour a kettle; to scour a musket; to scour armor.

2. To clean by friction; to make clean or bright.

3. To purge violently.

4. To remove by scouring.

Never came reformation in a flood with such a heady current, scouring faults.

5. To range about for taking all that can be found; as, to scour the sea of pirates.

6. To pass swiftly over; to brush along; as, to scour the coast.

Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain.

SCOUR, verb intransitive

1. To perform the business of cleaning vessels by rubbing.

2. To clean.

Warm water is softer than cold, for it scoureth better.

3. To be purged to excess.

4. To rove or range for sweeping or taking something.

Barbarossa, thus scouring along the coast of Italy -

5. To run with celerity; to scamper.

So four fierce coursers, starting to the race, scour through the plain, and lengthen every pace.