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Meaning of scavenge

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. 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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