Archive for June 13th, 2009

Fun with headlines today. This one comes from CNN.com/technology:

“NASA scrubs launch of space shuttle Endeavour”

(click here for the real story)

What comes to your mind?

Here’s what came to ours:

nasa scrubs shuttle launch

So, let’s explore a word of the day …

scrub. verb (used with object)

  • to rub hard with a brush, cloth, etc., or against a rough surface in washing.
  • to subject to friction; rub.
  • to remove (dirt, grime, etc.) from something by hard rubbing while washing.
  • Chemistry. to remove (impurities or undesirable components) from a gas by chemical means, as sulfur dioxide from smokestack gas or carbon dioxide from exhaled air in life-support packs.
  • to cancel or postpone (a space flight or part of a mission): Ground control scrubbed the spacewalk.
  • Slang. to do away with; cancel: Scrub your vacation plans—there’s work to do!

scrub. verb (used without object)

  • to cleanse something by hard rubbing.
  • to cleanse one’s hands and arms as a preparation to performing or assisting in surgery (often fol. by up).

scrub. noun

  • an act or instance of scrubbing.
  • a canceled or postponed space flight, launching, scheduled part of a space mission, etc.
  • something, as a cosmetic preparation, used for scrubbing.

Source: dictionary.com

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