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dross

[ draws, dros ]

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.


dross

/ drɒs /

noun

  1. the scum formed, usually by oxidation, on the surfaces of molten metals
  2. worthless matter; waste


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Derived Forms

  • ˈdrossy, adjective
  • ˈdrossiness, noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dross1

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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Word History and Origins

Origin of dross1

Old English drōs dregs; related to Old High German truosana

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Example Sentences

And I will turn my hand to thee, and I will clean purge away thy dross, and I will take away all thy tin.

Though, rightly considered, it was but dross and dust, and riches were an awful snare.

The poetry lies in a heap of dross, and must be painfully smelted out.

The lead should be melted first and all the dross cleaned off.

So you can find in Vane the pure gold of two hundred and fifty years of American civilisation, with no particle of its dross.

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