[ lint ]
/ lɪnt /
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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.
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Origin of lint
1325–75; Middle English, variant of linnet; compare Middle French linette linseed, Old English līnet- flax (or flax-field) in līnetwigelintwhite
OTHER WORDS FROM lintlintless, adjectivede·lint, verb (used with object)
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How to use lint in a sentence
It includes the great family of the lints and flaxes, and fulfils thus the three offices of giving food, raiment, and rest.Modern Painters Vol. III.|John Ruskin
These fish were all of the kind called here Lints, a long slender fish 427 now in shoals of millions.Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)|Maria R. Audubon
If a proper liniment is procured and lints sprinkled with it wrapped round the joints, the pain will be wonderfully relieved.Papers on Health|John Kirk
British Dictionary definitions for lint
/ (lɪnt) /
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 of lintlinty, adjective
Word Origin for lint
C14: probably from Latin linteus made of linen, from līnum flax
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