Fun with headlines today. This one comes from CNN.com/technology:
“NASA scrubs launch of space shuttle Endeavour”
What comes to your mind?
Here’s what came to ours:
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).
- 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.