It seems like only within the last year I've noticed this usage, as a verb to view various parts of a digital resource. Dictionary.com does not have any definition for scrub that is similar to the verb form of scroll to view various parts of a digital resource.

Usage examples:

  1. [A paraphrased tooltip on YouTube on mobile]
    Swipe upward for fine-scrubbing

  2. [In technical documentation for a video sequencer editor]
    Scrub to the end of the sequence . . .

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    I assume @jamiie means the sense used in moving through a media file such as en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrubbing_(audio) – BobtheMagicMoose Aug 14 at 14:54
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    @Cascabel okay edited – Jamiie Aug 14 at 15:01
  • @BobtheMagicMoose yes, and so for I've seen it for media other than audio but your link seems to guide toward its more probable origination – Jamiie Aug 14 at 15:04
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    Yeah, it was the first that came up. I looked around and couldn't find anything authoritative but one theory could be that it came into the media usage as a synonym for clean. As in "could you scrub this footage and take out unusable clips" (scrub being the word of choice because it implies a repeated process, maybe going over a few times, in a somewhat random pattern). It then just mean going through repeatedly and now it means nonlinear review. Just some guesses. – BobtheMagicMoose Aug 14 at 15:15
  • @BobtheMagicMoose I can't vote yet but thank you, I think you're right – Jamiie Aug 14 at 15:22

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