- 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
Examples from the Web for dross
You are above all this, and can look down at it as dross, and I like you for that also.The Christian
But less of this happened, we may feel sure, than a purging away of the dross.The Balladists
But there is rapture in the cup—there is the vision which makes all life below it dross for ever.Romola
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?
- the scum formed, usually by oxidation, on the surfaces of molten metals
- worthless matter; waste
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.