[ lin-ter ]

  1. linters, short cotton fibers that stick to seeds after a first ginning.

  2. a machine for removing lint from cloth.

Origin of linter

An Americanism dating back to 1730–40; lint + -er1

Words Nearby linter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use linter in a sentence

  • In those days he often wandered up and down the linter and across the moor to the Linn, and so down to the lake.

    Phineas Finn | Anthony Trollope
  • But at this moment, though he remembered much that had passed between them, he was not even thinking of the Braes of linter.

    Phineas Finn | Anthony Trollope
  • He went to the window, and raised it for a moment, that he might hear the well-remembered sound of the Fall of linter.

    Phineas Redux | Anthony Trollope
  • Now the seed, free of all else, is carried by another elevator and endless screw conveyor to the "linter."

  • The low back part of the house was called the "lean-to" or linter.

    The Historical Child | Oscar Chrisman

British Dictionary definitions for linter


/ (ˈlɪntə) /

  1. a machine for stripping the short fibres of ginned cotton seeds

  2. (plural) the fibres so removed

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