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floss

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noun \ˈfläs, ˈflȯs\

Simple Definition of floss

  • : soft silk or cotton thread used for sewing

Full Definition of floss

  1. 1 a :  soft thread of silk or mercerized cotton for embroidery b :  dental floss

  2. 2 :  fluffy fibrous material

Examples of floss

  1. <used cotton floss to simulate Santa's beard>



Origin of floss

probably modification of French floche soft, weak (of silk fiber), from Gascon, from Latin fluxus, literally, loose, flowing, past participle of fluere to flow — more at fluid


First Known Use: 1759

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floss

verb

Simple Definition of floss

  • : to use dental floss to clean your teeth

Full Definition of floss

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to use dental floss on

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to use dental floss

Examples of floss

  1. My dentist told me I should floss more often.



1974

First Known Use of floss

1974


FLOSS Defined for Kids

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floss

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noun \ˈfläs, ˈflȯs\

Definition of floss

  1. 1 :  dental floss

  2. 2 :  soft thread used in embroidery

  3. 3 :  fluffy material full of fibers




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floss

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verb

Definition of floss

flossedfloss·ing

  1. :  to use dental floss on




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