Scrubbing vs Scour - What's the difference?

scrubbing | scour |


As verbs the difference between scrubbing and scour

is that scrubbing is (scrub) while scour is to clean, polish, or wash something by scrubbing it vigorously.

As a noun scrubbing

is an act of cleaning in which something is scrubbed.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

scrubbing

English

Verb

(head)
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • An act of cleaning in which something is scrubbed.
  • scour

    English

    Alternative forms

    * scower (obsolete)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To clean, polish, or wash something by scrubbing it vigorously.
  • He scoured the burner pans to remove the burnt spills.
  • To remove by rubbing or cleansing; to sweep along or off.
  • He scoured the burnt food from the pan.
  • * Shakespeare
  • [I will] stain my favors in a bloody mask, / Which, washed away, shall scour my shame with it.
  • To search an area thoroughly.
  • They scoured the scene of the crime for clues.
  • (ambitransitive) To move swiftly over; to brush along.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • when swift Camilla scours the plain
  • * Dryden
  • So four fierce coursers, starting to the race, / Scour through the plain, and lengthen every pace.
  • (veterinary medicine) Of livestock, to suffer from diarrhea.
  • If a lamb is scouring , do not delay treatment.
  • (veterinary medicine) To purge.
  • to scour a horse
  • (obsolete) To cleanse.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Warm water is softer than cold, for it scoureth better.

    Derived terms

    * scourer

    Noun

    (-)
  • The removal of sediment caused by swiftly moving water.
  • Bridge scour may scoop out scour holes and compromise the integrity of the bridge.