- 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 Should Hot-Wax Your Bike Chains. Here's Why.|Joe Lindsey|November 6, 2020|Outside Online
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.These pieces of kitchen gear make excellent gifts|PopSci Commerce Team|October 6, 2020|Popular-Science
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.Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling|Amanda Padoan, Peter Zuckerman|March 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.What Happened to Big-Screen Hunk Casper Van Dien?|Ramin Setoodeh|July 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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