cotton wool


Definition of cotton wool

: raw cotton especially : cotton batting

Examples of cotton wool in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But fireworks shows seen through cotton wool are another fine old New Year’s tradition in the Port City, and the celebration greeting 2022 was a far cry from the silence at the dawn of 2021. al, 1 Jan. 2022 The masks are partly filled with organic cotton wool creating the puffiness of the coat. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Take your cotton balls (or any kind of cotton wool, really) and soak it in acetone. Alexis Gaskin, Marie Claire, 22 Sep. 2021 One teenager left New York for college and encountered the children of the Midwest, most of whom looked to have been wrapped in cotton wool their entire lives. Craig Taylor, Time, 24 Mar. 2021 Balls of cotton wool were teased into fluffy piles—a fire hazard, given their flammability and the hot studio lights. The Economist, 12 Dec. 2019 The player that all Arsenal fans will want to wrap up in cotton wool ahead of their return to Premier League action against Sheffield United., 16 Oct. 2019 Girls in low-middle-income countries report using materials like cloths, cotton wool, tissue paper or disposable pads to manage their periods, the study said. Nina Avramova, CNN, 16 July 2019 On a twin bed covered by a thin clear plastic sheet, sat a bag with surgical gloves, a jar of petroleum jelly, cotton wool, some pain killers and the needle, attached to a long, thin tube, which is used to drain the fluid into a bucket on the floor. Alex Platt, CNN, 24 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of cotton wool

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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