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scavenge

[skav-inj] /ˈskæv ɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), scavenged, scavenging.
1.
to take or gather (something usable) from discarded material.
2.
to cleanse of filth, as a street.
3.
to expel burnt gases from (the cylinder of an internal-combustion engine).
4.
Metallurgy. to purify (molten metal) by introducing a substance that will combine chemically with impurities.
verb (used without object), scavenged, scavenging.
5.
to act as a scavenger.
6.
(of an engine or cylinder) to become scavenged of burnt gases.
7.
to search, especially for food.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; back formation from scavenger
Related forms
unscavenged, adjective
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  • If only scavenging, it makes sense herbivores can supplement their protein this way.
  • We did witness a little horseplay between a few of them as they were scavenging for grain.
  • The fund could well become a target for politicians used to scavenging for the wherewithal to buy votes.
  • And a lot of people simply feel more connected by scavenging for conversational scraps from their friends.
  • scavenging carnivores and raptors can be found feeding in the wake of these tidal bores.
  • On the seafloor, scavenging crabs feast on leftovers.
British Dictionary definitions for scavenging

scavenge

/ˈskævɪndʒ/
verb
1.
to search for (anything usable) among discarded material
2.
(transitive) to purify (a molten metal) by bubbling a suitable gas through it. The gas may be inert or may react with the impurities
3.
to clean up filth from (streets, etc)
4.
(chem) to act as a scavenger for (atoms, molecules, ions, radicals, etc)
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Word Origin and History for scavenging

scavenge

v.

1640s, back-formation from scavenger. Related: Scavenged; scavenging.

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