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scav•enge



Pronunciation: (skav'inj), [key]
v., -enged, -eng•ing.


v.t.
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. Metall.to purify (molten metal) by introducing a substance that will combine chemically with impurities.

v.i.
1. to act as a scavenger.
2. (of an engine or cylinder) to become scavenged of burnt gases.
3. to search, esp. for food.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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