- 1Search for and collect (anything usable) from discarded waste: people sell junk scavenged from the garbage the city dump where the squatters scavenge to surviveMore example sentences
- Many might not realize that plates on which their food is served in restaurants could be made from plastic waste scavenged from the city's streets.
- Hoses were scavenged from wrecked buildings and appropriated from whole ones.
- Our only backup unit has been scavenged for parts since our budget was slashed last year.
- 1.1(Of an animal) search for (carrion) as food: the feral cat preferred to scavenge carrion from the forest floor [no object]: bears and wolves scavenged for carcassesMore example sentences
- Most unclean of all are those animals who are fed on refuse scraps, human or animal excrement, or who scavenge dead animals.
- They are carnivorous, scavenging among carrion or preying on other molluscs.
- Fish will scavenge for insects and plant life in the pond but will also benefit from an occasional feeding of fish food.
- 1.2Search for discarded items or food in (a place): the mink is still commonly seen scavenging the beaches of CaliforniaMore example sentences
- Expeditions would scavenge the desolate landscape for precious supplies, such as fuel and water.
- This knowledge makes the idea of Victor Frankenstein scavenging graveyards for parts seem less shocking.
- Even after the site was scavenged by locals, tons of debris and some sections of the lower-story sandstone walls remained above ground.
- 3 Chemistry Combine with and remove (molecules, groups, etc.) from a particular medium: chlorine molecules can scavenge ozone at a very fast rateMore example sentences
- Melatonin also scavenges free radicals, and having low levels of this hormone has been linked to Alzheimer's disease.
- They are compounds that scavenge free radicals of oxygen, unstable molecules given off by the body's many metabolic actions.
- The administration of superoxide dismutase to scavenge superoxide anions was found to promote the survival rate of transplanted skin flaps.
mid 17th century (in the sense 'clean out (dirt)'): back-formation from scavenger.