As verbs the difference between scour and disinfect
is that scour
is to clean, polish, or wash something by scrubbing it vigorously while disinfect
is to sterilize by the use of cleaning agent.
As a noun scour
is the removal of sediment caused by swiftly moving water.
* scower (obsolete)
To clean, polish, or wash something by scrubbing it vigorously.
To remove by rubbing or cleansing; to sweep along or off.
- He scoured the burner pans to remove the burnt spills.
- He scoured the burnt food from the pan.
To search an area thoroughly.
- [I will] stain my favors in a bloody mask, / Which, washed away, shall scour my shame with it.
(ambitransitive) To move swiftly over; to brush along.
* Alexander Pope
- They scoured the scene of the crime for clues.
- when swift Camilla scours the plain
(veterinary medicine) Of livestock, to suffer from diarrhea.
- So four fierce coursers, starting to the race, / Scour through the plain, and lengthen every pace.
(veterinary medicine) To purge.
- If a lamb is scouring , do not delay treatment.
(obsolete) To cleanse.
* Francis Bacon
- to scour a horse
- Warm water is softer than cold, for it scoureth better.
The removal of sediment caused by swiftly moving water.
- Bridge scour may scoop out scour holes and compromise the integrity of the bridge.
To sterilize by the use of cleaning agent.