Scum

Definition of Scum

Pronunciation: skŭm
n.1.
1.The extraneous matter or impurities which rise to the surface of liquids in boiling or fermentation, or which form on the surface by other means; also, the scoria of metals in a molten state; dross.
Some to remove the scum as it did rise.
- Spenser.
2.refuse; recrement; anything vile or worthless.
The great and innocent are insulted by the scum and refuse of the people.
- Addison.
v. t.1.To take the scum from; to clear off the impure matter from the surface of; to skim.
[imp. & p. p. Scummed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Scumming .]
You that scum the molten lead.
- Dryden & Lee.
2.To sweep or range over the surface of.
Wandering up and down without certain seat, they lived by scumming those seas and shores as pirates.
- Milton.
v. i.1.To form a scum; to become covered with scum. Also used figuratively.
Life, and the interest of life, have stagnated and scummed over.
- A. K. H. Boyd.

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