scouring

Definitions of scouring
  1. noun
    the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water
    synonyms: scrub, scrubbing
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    types:
    mopping, swabbing
    cleaning with a mop
    type of:
    cleaning, cleansing, cleanup
    the act of making something clean
  2. noun
    moving over territory to search for something
    scouring the entire area revealed nothing”
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    type of:
    hunt, hunting, search
    the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
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