the cottony fiber yielded by the silk-cotton tree.
silk filaments with little or no twist, used in weaving as brocade or in embroidery.
any silky, filamentous matter, as the silk of corn.
to use dental floss on the teeth.
to clean (the teeth) with dental floss.
- flosser, noun
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How to use floss in a sentence
After rationing the energy bars she brought with her, the lawyer tries to fish, stringing dental floss on a stick, and using an earring as a hook.‘Keep Breathing’ or ‘Alone’: Which Survival Show Is More Entertaining? | awise | August 4, 2022 | Outside Online
The advice you got as a kid — brush your teeth, floss, eat less candy — is still important.
Brush and floss properlyBrush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day, or after you’ve eaten.Brush up on how to care for your teeth with these tips from dentists | Allyson Chiu | June 17, 2021 | Washington Post
Avoid snapping floss down between your teeth, because that can traumatize your gums, Cooper said.Brush up on how to care for your teeth with these tips from dentists | Allyson Chiu | June 17, 2021 | Washington Post
While water flossers can’t get into all the narrow spaces between teeth like string floss can, they do cover a larger surface area and, combined with flossing and brushing, help provide a complete cleaning for that fresh-from-the-dentist feeling.
And there is widespread suspicion that it has about as much substance and all the health benefits of a large bag of candy floss.Britain’s Weight Crisis Almost Hits U.S. Proportions | Dan Jones | February 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
“100 Years Ago Teddy Roosevelt Got Shot in the Chest, Then Gave a Speech Anyway,” at Mental floss Talk about an orator.
Oh, sure, Joe has a tendency to floss with his own shoelaces.
I will floss my teeth because chimps have been known to floss their teeth.Exercising Like a Caveman: A.J. Jacobs Gets Primal | A.J. Jacobs | April 10, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
They are also rather fond of a fly made from a partridge's breast feather, and body of crimson floss silk.The Teesdale Angler | R Lakeland
Every person is familiar with candy floss, made at stands on fair grounds, or carnivals, in an expensive whirling machine.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
As the sugar is melted, it will be spun out in floss form through the small holes into the pan receiver.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
She took another bungling stitch in the petal of a white floss daisy.The Butterfly House | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
I'd as soon let floss loose among my birds' eggs as trust you two.The Nicest Girl in the School | Angela Brazil
British Dictionary definitions for floss
the mass of fine silky fibres obtained from cotton and similar plants
any similar fine silky material, such as the hairlike styles and stigmas of maize or the fibres prepared from silkworm cocoons
untwisted silk thread used in embroidery, etc
See dental floss
(tr) to clean (between one's teeth) with dental floss
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