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floss

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noun \ˈfläs, ˈflȯs\

Definition of floss

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

  2. 2 :  fluffy fibrous material

Examples of floss in a Sentence

  1. used cotton floss to simulate Santa's beard

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Origin and Etymology 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


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floss

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Definition of floss

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

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to use dental floss

Examples of floss in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of floss

1974


FLOSS Defined for English Language Learners

floss

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noun

Definition of floss for English Language Learners

  • : soft silk or cotton thread used for sewing

floss

verb

Definition of floss for English Language Learners

  • : to use dental floss to clean your teeth


FLOSS Defined for Kids

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floss

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noun \ˈfläs, ˈflȯs\

Definition of floss for Students

  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 for Students

flossed

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flossing

  1. :  to use dental floss on


Medical Dictionary

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floss

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noun \ˈfläs, ˈflȯs\

Medical Definition of floss


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floss

verb

Medical Definition of floss

  1. :  to use dental floss on (one's teeth) the correct way to floss your teeth

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to use dental floss flosses daily



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