cotton ball


: a small ball of cotton that can be used for a variety of purposes (such as removing makeup or cleaning a wound) and that is usually used once and then thrown away
a bag of cotton balls

Examples of cotton ball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At one point, Lewis discusses how a partially straightened paper clip could be used to open the paper lid on the Tylenol box and then remove the cotton ball from inside the bottle without damaging the packaging and without leaving fingerprints or DNA. Christy Gutowski, Chicago Tribune, 9 Aug. 2023 Nail polish remover: Use a small amount of nail polish remover on a cotton ball to erase scuffs. Maryal Miller Carter, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2023 Simply soak a cotton ball in acetone, and wrap each nail in that in tin foil. Emily Shiffer,, 2 June 2023 While emptying the canister, some lighter debris, like hair and cotton ball fibers, stuck to the inside and had to be pulled out by hand. Kristina McGuirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 May 2023 When you're finished, use a cotton ball or tissue to soak up any liquid at the entrance to your ear canal. Elizabeth Preske, Travel + Leisure, 28 Mar. 2023 Just swipe a soaked cotton ball across each nail and let the liquid absorb for 20 to 30 seconds before wiping it away, taking every trace of color with it. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, 16 Mar. 2023 Just soak a cotton ball with the remover and gently wipe the stained areas. Sydney Wingfield, Women's Health, 28 Feb. 2023 See More

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“Cotton ball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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