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verb (used with object)
to take or gather (something usable) from discarded material.
to cleanse of filth, as a street.
to expel burnt gases from (the cylinder of an internal-combustion engine).
to purify (molten metal) by introducing a substance that will combine chemically with impurities.
verb (used without object)
to act as a
(of an engine or cylinder) to become scavenged of burnt gases.
to search, especially for food.
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They must avoid cannibals and
food from abandoned houses and stores.
Unusual island crows wandered about, as ready to munch on fruit as rob a nest or
The coal mines are exhausted, steel is forged by machine and old folk
for bottles to reclaim the deposits.
Churches stopped ladling soup, and more homeless people were forced to
the skins from a nearby market, one explained, then sell them plucked for a few cents.
at curbs or nab discarded items on campuses populated by rich students.
The weather-beaten characters, their nerves frayed and their feet swollen,
desperately for sustenance.
We venture out briefly from our safe houses to
for food and weapons, but the horde is growing.
The newcomers, known as prawns and numbering millions, are fenced into a township and forced to
These spiral generators
power when the beetle beats its wings.
British Dictionary definitions for
to search for (anything usable) among discarded material
) to purify (a molten metal) by bubbling a suitable gas through it. The gas may be inert or may react with the impurities
to clean up filth from (streets, etc)
) to act as a scavenger for (atoms, molecules, ions, radicals, etc)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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