lint

[ lint ]
/ lɪnt /

noun

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

1325–75; Middle English, variant of linnet; compare Middle French linette linseed, Old English līnet- flax (or flax-field) in līnetwige lintwhite

Related forms

lint·less, adjectivede·lint, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for lint

lint

/ (lɪnt) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

linty, adjective

Word Origin for lint

C14: probably from Latin linteus made of linen, from līnum flax
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