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scrubber

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[skruhb-er]
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noun
  1. a person who scrubs.
  2. a device or process for removing pollutants from smoke or gas produced by burning high-sulfur fuels.
  3. a machine or appliance used in scrubbing: an automatic floor scrubber.
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Origin of scrubber

1
First recorded in 1830–40; scrub1 + -er1

scrubber

2
[skruhb-er]
noun
  1. a mongrel, especially a mongrel steer.
  2. a thin or stunted steer.
  3. Australian.
    1. an inhabitant of the bush.
    2. any domestic animal that has run off into the bush and become wild, especially a steer.
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Origin of scrubber

2
First recorded in 1855–60; scrub2 + -er1

scrubber

3
[skruhb-er]
noun British Slang.
  1. a prostitute or promiscuous woman.
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Origin of scrubber

3
1955–60; variously explained as sense development of either scrubber1 or scrubber2; compare earlier scrub in same sense
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Related Words for scrubber

chubby, stout, stocky, short, scrub, dwarf, wee, shot, dwarfed, shrimp, bantam, diminutive, little, measly, mite, peanut, small, tiny, undersized, dwarfish

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Historical Examples of scrubber

  • Most manufacturers, however, simply cool the gas in the washer or scrubber.

    Gas-Engines and Producer-Gas Plants

    R. E. Mathot

  • Seventh: Adjust the normal outflow of wash-water for the scrubber.

  • The final washing for ammonia is effected in an apparatus termed a “scrubber,” which is a cylindrical tower packed with boards in.

  • One who is my neighbor is now scrubber and cleaner, and is happily friends with a 'concierge,' who allows her to aid him.

  • The next stage is the passage of the scrubber, filled with coke over which water perpetually flows.

    How it Works

    Archibald Williams


British Dictionary definitions for scrubber

scrubber

1
noun
  1. a person or thing that scrubs
  2. an apparatus for purifying a gas
  3. British and Australian derogatory, slang a promiscuous woman
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scrubber

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noun
  1. Australian a domestic animal, esp a bullock, that has run wild in the bush
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Word Origin for scrubber

C19: from scrub ²
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