dross


dross

noun \ˈdräs, ˈdrs\

: unwanted material that is removed from a mineral (such as gold) to make it better

: something of low value or quality

Full Definition of DROSS

1
:  the scum that forms on the surface of molten metal
2
:  waste or foreign matter :  impurity
3
:  something that is base, trivial, or inferior
drossy \ˈdrä-sē, ˈdr-\ adjective

Examples of DROSS

  1. There is quite a lot of dross on TV these days.
  2. His editor has a talent for turning literary dross into gold.

Origin of DROSS

Middle English dros, from Old English drōs dregs
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Metals and Metallurgy Terms

assay, bloom, bullion, ductile, ingot, malleable, patina, plate, temper, tensile

Rhymes with DROSS

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