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Scour may refer to:


  • Scouring, a cleaning process for wool, e.g. the sheared fleece contain dirt this is cleaned by detergent called scouring
  • Use of a scouring pad

Geologic processes[edit]

  • Hydrodynamic scour, the removal of sediment such as sand and silt from around objects which disturb the flow, causing local high velocities which can remove the sediment particles and leave a local depression.
  • Bridge scour, erosion of soil around at the base of a bridge pier or abutments via the flow of air, ice, or water
  • Ice scour, also known as ice gouge, when a drifting ice feature (an iceberg, sea ice or a stamukha) scrapes the seabed
  • Tidal scour, erosion of substrate via tidal forces



  • Scours, a term for diarrhea, especially among cattle