Definition of scrubber in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskrʌbə/


1A brush or other object used to clean something: a plastic pan scrubber
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  • She looked around, and saw a bottle of hotel shampoo, and a brush scrubber.
  • ‘I was cleaning,’ she fumbled, looking down at the scrubber lying near her feet.
  • Then scrub that area with a stiff brush, electric scrubber or very fine steel wool pads to loosen old wax.
1.1A person who cleans something: laundry women and scrubbers
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  • I had a scrubber wash me down for 20 minutes, using scouring pad mittens and a really abrasive paste that helped to remove most of my dead skin.
1.2An apparatus using water or a solution for purifying gases or vapours.
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  • The chimneys at these fertiliser plants are fitted with scrubbers to trap these toxins, and all of this noxious material is collected in a solution known as scrubbers liquor.
  • If the air is dirty, there must be a missing scrubber on a smokestack or a drainpipe that needs a filter.
  • There are logically three possibilities: a dirty surface of some kind, particle-laden air, as in a scrubber or an air purifier - or possibly, both.
2British informal, derogatory A promiscuous or vulgar woman.
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  • She's a manky, self-indulgent scrubber who is certainly no role model for young people.
  • Well, look at it this way, I mean, when you come right down to it, that girl, she's a bit of a scrubber, isn't she?
  • To be honest, even an 18 year old would struggle to pull that look off without looking like a cheap scrubber.
3Australian /NZ An animal which lives in the scrub.
3.1 informal A person of unkempt appearance.

Words that rhyme with scrubber

blubber, clubber, grubber, lubber, rubber, snubber

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