dental floss


Definition of dental floss 

: a thread used to clean between the teeth

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As this wren has built a giant nest for her brood, complete with leftover bits of Christmas evergreen wreath and even some wayward dental floss, my own nest is shrinking. Lynn Petrak,, "Petrak: Mothering instincts — human and bird — in play during nesting season," 31 May 2018 Thirty-eight percent of Americans do not know that dental floss is used between the teeth, not between the tongue and lips. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Grungy and Unkempt in the U.S.A.," 12 July 2018 More than one video has surfaced in the past few weeks that demonstrate how to cut watermelon into slices using — drumroll, please — dental floss. Olivia Harrison,, "We've Been Cutting Watermelon Incorrectly Our Whole Lives," 28 June 2018 In this case, the tofu and buttermilk combined for a chalky texture and the raw ribbons of rhubarb became more like dental floss with each chew. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Perennial makes environmental activism taste good," 25 May 2018 And having too much faith in vibes can be like attempting to cross a tightrope made of dental floss. Dan Wiederer,, "After an energized offseason, what are the Bears' expectations in 2018?," 14 June 2018 Don't be shy…orgasms are as much a part of women's health as dental floss—but a lot more fun. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "10 Things You Didn't Know About Orgasms," 2 June 2016 A month later, the sales of toothpaste have dropped—along with dental floss, cookies and other items. Judea Pearl And, WSJ, "AI Can’t Reason Why," 18 May 2018 Slide long piece of unflavored dental floss under log of dough about 1 inch from end. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Raspberry Swirl Rolls," 24 Apr. 2018

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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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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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