- minute shreds or ravelings of yarn; bits of thread.
- staple cotton fiber used to make yarn.
- cotton waste produced by the ginning process.
- a soft material for dressing wounds, procured by scraping or otherwise treating linen cloth.
Origin of lint
Examples from the Web for lints
If a proper liniment is procured and lints sprinkled with it wrapped round the joints, the pain will be wonderfully relieved.Papers on Health
It includes the great family of the lints and flaxes, and fulfils thus the three offices of giving food, raiment, and rest.Modern Painters Vol. III.
- an absorbent cotton or linen fabric with the nap raised on one side, used to dress wounds, etc
- shreds of fibre, yarn, etc
- mainly US staple fibre for making cotton yarn
Word Origin and History for lints
late 14c., "flax prepared for spinning," also "refuse of flax used as kindling," somehow from the source of Old English lin "flax" (see linen), perhaps from or by influence of Middle French linette "grain of flax," diminutive of lin "flax," from Latin linum "flax, linen;" Klein suggests from Latin linteum "linen cloth," neuter of adjective linteus. Later "flax refuse used as tinder or for dressing wounds" (c.1400). Still used for "flax" in Scotland in Burns' time. Applied in American English to stray cotton fluff.