scav|enge «SKAV uhnj», verb, -enged, -eng|ing.
1. a) to pick over (discarded objects) for things to use or sell. b) to remove dirt and rubbish from (a street, surface of a river, etc).
2. to expel burned gases from (the cylinder of an internal-combustion engine).
3. to clean (molten metal) by chemically removing its impurities.
1. to be a scavenger.
2. to undergo scavenging.
[back formation < scavenger]

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