verb (used without object)
- to become fond of; begin to like.
- to approve of; agree with: to cotton to a suggestion.
- to come to a full understanding of; grasp: More and more firms are cottoning on to the advantages of using computers.
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Origin of cotton
OTHER WORDS FROM cottonhalf-cotton, adjectivesem·i·cot·ton, nounun·cot·toned, adjective
Words nearby cotton
Definition for cotton (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for cotton
As this basket is woven out of cotton, it can be folded and even carefully ironed if needed.Attractive laundry hampers that make your dirty clothes look a little better|PopSci Commerce Team|September 16, 2020|Popular Science
The team swabbed a roll of clean cotton under each volunteer’s arm for one minute.Viral scents? Dogs sniff out coronavirus in human sweat|Sharon Oosthoek|August 19, 2020|Science News For Students
In the next few months, the team, led by senior research scientist, Colleen MacMillan, will coax the tissue into full-grown cotton plants.
As far back as 1993, people were talking about adding color genes to cotton.
A cotton mask with a cotton batting filter, for example, initially filtered out roughly 33 percent of the salt particles.Science offers recipes for homemade coronavirus masks|Kathiann Kowalski|May 14, 2020|Science News For Students
With a pop of color and fun print, this cotton pair is not at all stuffy.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Don Draper in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
May we suggest Friendly Fox, a crotched animal made from 100-percent cotton.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Blue Ivy in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In his victory speech Tuesday night, Cotton declared, “The people of Arkansas have made their choice.”
The Daily Beast did not provide this image to Buerck or the NRA but did so to the Cotton campaign.
A spokesman for the Cotton campaign confirmed to The Daily Beast that they had “not paid for or placed that ad.”
She had gained time on me and was crossing the Cotton Belt Ry.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States|Work Projects Administration
Other products are sesame, cotton, cucumbers, water-melons and onions.
It is small, with clear water, and for some distance down it, there is no timber but cotton wood.The Scout and Ranger|James Pike
Its Sehna knot, cotton warp and weft, as well as much of the drawing, are typical of Persia.Oriental Rugs|Walter A. Hawley
A great deal of cotton is cultivated here, about thirty feet above the Lake.
British Dictionary definitions for cotton (1 of 2)
- a cloth or thread made from cotton fibres
- (as modifier)a cotton dress