lint [lint] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for lint on noun

  1. minute shreds or ravelings of yarn; bits of thread.
  2. staple cotton fiber used to make yarn.
  3. cotton waste produced by the ginning process.
  4. 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 formslint·less, adjectivede·lint, verb (used with object) Related Words for lint cord, wire, string, yarn, wool, filament, silk, strand, cotton, grime, dirt, soil, powder, soot, earth, lint, sand, fuzz, jacket, coat Examples from the Web for lint Contemporary Examples of lint

  • Makeup is reapplied, lint rollers are re-rolled, and string is cut from the inside of a sock.

    Backstage at Vera Wang

    Isabel Wilkinson

    September 14, 2010

  • Historical Examples of lint

  • He had brought an instrument case, some linen bands and some lint.

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete

    Emile Zola

  • A cloth should never be used, for it leaves some lint behind; but take off the dust with a painter’s brush, or a pair of bellows.

    The Cook and Housekeeper’s Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches,

    Mary Eaton

  • “There is the lint,” said aunt Mary, and she gave Clara a bag to put it in.

    Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad


  • It’s the lint, the sticking-plaster and the bandages, and the turn-an’-twist.’

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever

  • A very small proportion by weight of the plant is taken by the lint.

    The Story of the Cotton Plant

    Frederick Wilkinson

  • British Dictionary definitions for lint lint noun

    1. an absorbent cotton or linen fabric with the nap raised on one side, used to dress wounds, etc
    2. shreds of fibre, yarn, etc
    3. mainly US staple fibre for making cotton yarn

    Derived Formslinty, adjectiveWord Origin for lint C14: probably from Latin linteus made of linen, from līnum flax Word Origin and History for lint n.

    late 14c., “flax prepared for spinning,” also “refuse of flax used as kindling,” somehow from the source of Old English lin “flax” (see linen), perhaps from or by influence of Middle French linette “grain of flax,” diminutive of lin “flax,” from Latin linum “flax, linen;” Klein suggests from Latin linteum “linen cloth,” neuter of adjective linteus. Later “flax refuse used as tinder or for dressing wounds” (c.1400). Still used for “flax” in Scotland in Burns’ time. Applied in American English to stray cotton fluff.

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