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scavenge

[ skav-inj ]
/ ˈskæv ɪndʒ /
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verb (used with object), scav·enged, scav·eng·ing.

to take or gather (something usable) from discarded material.
to cleanse of filth, as a street.
to expel burnt gases from (the cylinder of an internal-combustion engine).
Metallurgy. to purify (molten metal) by introducing a substance that will combine chemically with impurities.

verb (used without object), scav·enged, scav·eng·ing.

RELATED WORDS

skulk, slink, lurk, tramp, stroll, roam, patrol, hunt, sneak, range, stalk, snake, rove, cruise, steal

Nearby words

scaturient, scaud, scaup, scauper, scaur, scavenge, scavenge pump, scavenge stroke, scavenger, scavenger beetle, scavenger hunt

Origin of scavenge

First recorded in 1635–45; back formation from scavenger
Related formsun·scav·enged, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scavenge

scavenge

/ (ˈskævɪndʒ) /

verb

to search for (anything usable) among discarded material
(tr) to purify (a molten metal) by bubbling a suitable gas through it. The gas may be inert or may react with the impurities
to clean up filth from (streets, etc)
chem to act as a scavenger for (atoms, molecules, ions, radicals, etc)
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Word Origin and History for scavenge

scavenge


v.

1640s, back-formation from scavenger. Related: Scavenged; scavenging.

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