verb (scaveng, ing)
- (transitive) to collect and remove refuse, or to search through refuse for useful material
- (transitive) to remove unwanted material from something, especially to purify molten metal by removing impurities
- (transitive) to expel the exhaust gases from the cylinder of an internal combustion engine, and draw in air for the next cycle
- (intransitive) to feed on carrion or refuse
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