Pronunciation: skrŭb
v. t.1.To rub hard; to wash with rubbing; usually, to rub with a wet brush, or with something coarse or rough, for the purpose of cleaning or brightening; as, to scrub a floor, a doorplate.
[imp. & p. p. Scrubbed (skrŭbd); p. pr. & vb. n. Scrubbing.]
v. i.1.To rub anything hard, especially with a wet brush; to scour; hence, to be diligent and penurious; as, to scrub hard for a living.
n.1.One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow.
2.Something small and mean.
3.A worn-out brush.
4.A thicket or jungle, often specified by the name of the prevailing plant; as, oak scrub, palmetto scrub, etc.
5.(Stock Breeding) One of the common live stock of a region of no particular breed or not of pure breed, esp. when inferior in size, etc.
6.Vegetation of inferior quality, though sometimes thick and impenetrable, growing in poor soil or in sand; also, brush; - called also scrub brush. See Brush, above.
7.(Forestry) A low, straggling tree of inferior quality.
Scrub bird
(Zool.) an Australian passerine bird of the family Atrichornithidæ, as Atrichia clamosa; - called also brush bird.
Scrub oak
(Bot.) the popular name of several dwarfish species of oak. The scrub oak of New England and the Middle States is Quercus ilicifolia, a scraggy shrub; that of the Southern States is a small tree (Q. Catesbæi); that of the Rocky Mountain region is Q. undulata, var. Gambelii.
Scrub robin
(Zool.) an Australian singing bird of the genus Drymodes.
a.1.Mean; dirty; contemptible; scrubby.
How solitary, how scrub, does this town look!
- Walpole.
No little scrub joint shall come on my board.
- Swift.
Scrub game
a game, as of ball, by unpracticed players.
Scrub race
a race between scrubs, or between untrained animals or contestants.
Noun1.scrub - dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes
Synonyms: chaparral, bush
2.scrub - the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water
Synonyms: scrubbing, scouring
Verb1.scrub - clean with hard rubbing; "She scrubbed his back"
Synonyms: scour
2.scrub - wash thoroughly; "surgeons must scrub prior to an operation"
Synonyms: scrub up
Adj.1.scrub - (of domestic animals) not selectively bred
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