- to perform routine maintenance on (data) in memory or storage with scans that detect and correct data corruption: The system is automated to scrub and archive all active records in the database.
- to permanently erase (a hard drive, server, etc.), usually by writing over space where data had been stored and was later deleted, so that deleted data cannot be recovered: Scrub your computer’s hard drive before you sell or donate it.
- to delete (negative or damaging online content relating to someone or something) so as to erase it from public record or social media: The marketing team scrubbed the disgraced celebrity spokesperson from their website within hours of the scandal.Before applying for jobs, I scrubbed a bunch of posts from my hard-partying past.
Origin of scrub1
OTHER WORDS FROM scrubscrub·ba·ble, adjectivenon·scrub·ba·ble, adjective
Other definitions for scrub (2 of 2)
Origin of scrub2
How to use scrub in a sentence
The first time you clean and wax your chain, make sure to thoroughly wash and scrub your bike’s drivetrain.
You might need to scrub a little with a sponge or rag, but the buildup should be loose and the stains should come out easily.The one ingredient you need to clean the dishwasher and four other gross household items|Sandra Gutierrez G.|November 5, 2020|Popular-Science
“Cleaning out a closet or scrubbing a floor, you know, the gratification is immediate, which is I think is what I need right now,” says Shaffer.On a hump day for the ages, Americans try to act and feel normal|Maura Judkis, Ellen McCarthy, Ashley Fetters|November 4, 2020|Washington Post
To use it, just run warm water onto your cast iron, and scrub—no soap needed.
The company's first attempt on September 28 was scrubbed due to thick clouds over the launch site at Kennedy Space Center.SpaceX gets back on track with a stunning Starlink launch near sunrise|Eric Berger|October 6, 2020|Ars Technica
She works as a maid, scrubbing floors and toilets of the well-to-do families in West Hartford, Connecticut.
First-generation girls were scrubbing floors and helping out.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview|Alex Belth|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Carbon utilization can offset or even exceed, the additional cost of carbon scrubbing.Yes, There’s a ‘War on Coal.’ Here’s How to End It.|Jonathan Miller|August 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Apart from slapping him and brutally scrubbing his body in the bath, she barely touched him.Speed Read: 11 Most Shocking Moments From Pete Townshend’s ‘Who I Am’|Abby Haglage|October 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Van Dien remembers the 14-hour day he spent scrubbing, with buff extras doing push-ups between takes.
Almost before I had completed the twofold process of shifting and scrubbing, the cloth was laid.
The stain can be removed by vigorous scrubbing with soap, or it will wear off gradually in a few days.Some Constituents of the Poison Ivy Plant: (Rhus Toxicodendron)|William Anderson Syme
She looked at her hands and straightway she fell to scrubbing them with soap as she had never scrubbed them before.The Trail of the Lonesome Pine|John Fox, Jr.
The floors were bare, and not infrequently stood sadly in need of scrubbing.The Leaven in a Great City|Lillian William Betts
Into every crack and corner went Josie's broom and scrubbing brush.Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman|Emma Speed Sampson
British Dictionary definitions for scrub (1 of 2)
Word Origin for scrub
British Dictionary definitions for scrub (2 of 2)
- vegetation consisting of stunted trees, bushes, and other plants growing in an arid area
- (as modifier)scrub vegetation
- an animal of inferior breeding or condition
- (as modifier)a scrub bull
- (of a player) not in the first team
- (of a team) composed of such players
- (of a contest) between scratch or incomplete teams