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[draws, dros] /drɔs, drɒs/
waste matter; refuse.
Metallurgy. a waste product taken off molten metal during smelting, essentially metallic in character.
British. coal of little value.
Origin of dross
before 1050; Middle English dros(se), Old English drōs; cognate with Middle Dutch droes dregs; compare Middle English drōsen, Old English drōsna; cognate with Middle High German truosen husks Unabridged
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  • Gold or dross, it seemed to matter little; it had melted from them, burning their hands.

    The Furnace Rose Macaulay
  • To be in harmony with the lonely dead there must be no dross about the mind.

    The Wind Bloweth Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • These form a cavity for the reception of the iron and dross, when melted above.

  • Well, what signifies which of us has the dross, so that there is enough for both?

  • She always gives it to us mixed with the stuff that weakens it—this dross and brimstone.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • You are above all this, and can look down at it as dross, and I like you for that also.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.

    Fanny, the Flower-Girl Selina Bunbury
  • But less of this happened, we may feel sure, than a purging away of the dross.

    The Balladists John Geddie
  • "Stump up the dross like a man, then, and don't stand whining there like a sucking turkey craving for pity," retorted Captain S——.

    Looking Seaward Again Walter Runciman
  • But there is rapture in the cup—there is the vision which makes all life below it dross for ever.

    Romola George Eliot
British Dictionary definitions for dross


the scum formed, usually by oxidation, on the surfaces of molten metals
worthless matter; waste
Derived Forms
drossy, adjective
drossiness, noun
Word Origin
Old English drōs dregs; related to Old High German truosana
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Word Origin and History for dross

"dirt, dregs," Old English dros "the scum thrown off from metals in smelting," from Proto-Germanic *drohs- (cf. Middle Dutch droes, Dutch droesem, Middle Low German dros, Old High German truosana, German Drusen "dregs, husks"), from PIE dher- (1) "to make muddy." Meaning "refuse, rubbish" is mid-15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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