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dross

[draws, dros] /drɔs, drɒs/
noun
1.
waste matter; refuse.
2.
Metallurgy. a waste product taken off molten metal during smelting, essentially metallic in character.
3.
British. coal of little value.
Origin of dross
1050
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
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  • You are above all this, and can look down at it as dross, and I like you for that also.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • But less of this happened, we may feel sure, than a purging away of the dross.

    The Balladists John Geddie
  • But there is rapture in the cup—there is the vision which makes all life below it dross for ever.

    Romola George Eliot
  • To be in harmony with the lonely dead there must be no dross about the mind.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • Well, what signifies which of us has the dross, so that there is enough for both?

  • To him now all was dross that was not Helena, as to Faust in Marlowe's play.

    The Dictator

    Justin McCarthy
  • And a savage he is, politically, with no soul above the dross.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • No woman had ever been so foolish as she; she had cast away gold for dross.

    Our Bessie Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • The Goddess shall purge me from my uncleanness as metal is purged from the dross.

    Uarda, Complete Georg Ebers
  • The silver has been mined, digged from the earth, but there is dross in it.

    God's Plan with Men

    T. T. (Thomas Theodore) Martin
British Dictionary definitions for dross

dross

/drɒs/
noun
1.
the scum formed, usually by oxidation, on the surfaces of molten metals
2.
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
n.

"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.

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