dental floss


Definition of dental floss

: a thread used to clean between the teeth

Examples of dental floss in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Every year the water department asked — begged — us not to flush dental floss down the toilet. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Do you like using your garbage disposal? The water company wishes you wouldn’t.," 16 Nov. 2019 Once dry, they can be pounded with a hard, smooth object (like a hammer or round stone) to separate the fibers into something like dental floss. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 Deer Parts That Will Keep You Alive," 17 Dec. 2019 Once the crew triggers the process, TEPCE should separate into two identical minisatellites joined by a kilometer-long tether as thick as several strands of dental floss. Jeremy Hsu, Scientific American, "Kilometer-Long Space-Tether Tests Fuel-Free Propulsion," 4 Nov. 2019 Ideal for iPhone users, the Apple AirPods come in a dental floss-sized charging case that can easily be carried in one's pocket. Anna Heyman, USA TODAY, "The 20 best gift ideas your mom will love for Christmas," 29 Oct. 2019 Amazon Prime members can order a single stick of Suave deodorant for $1.99, a single package of dental floss for $1.79 or even a 75-cent crease brush to apply eye shadow., "Gymoree to return; Wells Fargo profit falls; Amazon subtracting add-ons," 15 Oct. 2019 Shaving cream is alongside Bluetooth headphones; DVDs are right next to dental floss. Mike Rogoway,, "Amazon warehouse in Troutdale: logistical marvels and persistent worker complaints," 6 Aug. 2019 Our connection, once as thick as climbing rope, now felt more like a strand of dental floss. Washington Post, "My daughter’s first triathlon tested her body — and my heart," 10 July 2019 Stores such as BYO Long Beach and online sites like Wild Minimalist sell everything from reusable silicon menstrual cups to silk dental floss. Susan Spillman, Los Angeles Times, "Living without plastic: One family’s journey," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of dental floss

1910, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dental floss was in 1910

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7 Feb 2020

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“Dental floss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dental floss

: a special thread that is used to clean between your teeth

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Kids Definition of dental floss

: a special thread used for cleaning between teeth

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Medical Definition of dental floss

: a thread used to clean between the teeth

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