floss

noun
\ ˈfläs , ˈflȯs \

Definition of floss 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : soft thread of silk or mercerized cotton for embroidery

b : dental floss

2 : fluffy fibrous material

floss

verb
flossed; flossing; flosses

Definition of floss (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to use dental floss on

intransitive verb

: to use dental floss

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Synonyms for floss

Synonyms: Noun

down, fluff, fur, fuzz, lint, nap, pile

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Examples of floss in a Sentence

Noun

used cotton floss to simulate Santa's beard

Verb

My dentist told me I should floss more often.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dental Lace Dental Lace sells silk floss in cute refillable containers. Mandy Ferreira, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Places To Shop Online If You Want To Save Money And Live A Zero Waste Lifestyle," 24 Aug. 2017 Unfortunately, floss isn't strong enough to slice through a watermelon's rind, but if that prep work is done ahead of time, this is a pretty useful hack. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "We've Been Cutting Watermelon Incorrectly Our Whole Lives," 28 June 2018 My humbling situation is not about failing to brush or floss, not about cosmetics. David Tuller, CNN, "When is dentistry not medicine? When insurance is involved," 28 May 2018 My humbling situation is not about failing to brush or floss, not about cosmetics. David Tuller, CNN, "When is dentistry not medicine? When insurance is involved," 28 May 2018 My humbling situation is not about failing to brush or floss, not about cosmetics. David Tuller, CNN, "When is dentistry not medicine? When insurance is involved," 28 May 2018 So why do some people kick off their shoes, clip their nails and/or floss. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Recline safely, don't pack tuna, and other ways not to be a jerk at 30,000 feet," 30 May 2018 My humbling situation is not about failing to brush or floss, not about cosmetics. David Tuller, CNN, "When is dentistry not medicine? When insurance is involved," 28 May 2018 How to stop the stink Fixing bad breath after a meal is relatively easy: Just pop a mint, use mouthwash, or better yet, floss and brush your teeth. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "5 Ways Your Diet Can Cause Bad Body Odor," 9 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And, of course, the dentists advise good oral hygiene: regular brushing, flossing and checkups. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018 And, of course, the dentists advise good oral hygiene: regular brushing, flossing and checkups. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018 And, of course, the dentists advise good oral hygiene: regular brushing, flossing and checkups. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018 At a recent dental check-up, Carson was advised to start flossing. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "Tulsa experiment: Can investing in children early reverse poverty cycle?," 13 Apr. 2018 My mother-in-law is now starting to floss her teeth in public. Abigail Van Buren, Houston Chronicle, "Long hours, high debt doomed marriage man can’t let go of," 24 May 2018 In the original script, Joy said, Jim mostly spent that first scene eating, flossing, brushing his teeth, and exercising on a treadmill. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "No, That Episode of Westworld Was Not an Homage to Lost," 13 May 2018 And, of course, the dentists advise good oral hygiene: regular brushing, flossing and checkups. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018 And, of course, the dentists advise good oral hygiene: regular brushing, flossing and checkups. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of floss

Noun

1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1974, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for floss

Noun

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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More Definitions for floss

floss

noun

English Language Learners Definition of floss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: soft silk or cotton thread used for sewing

floss

verb

English Language Learners Definition of floss (Entry 2 of 2)

: to use dental floss to clean your teeth

floss

noun
\ ˈfläs , ˈflȯs \

Kids Definition of floss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : soft thread used in embroidery

3 : fluffy material full of fibers

floss

verb
flossed; flossing

Kids Definition of floss (Entry 2 of 2)

: to use dental floss on

floss

noun
\ ˈfläs, ˈflȯs \

Medical Definition of floss 

(Entry 1 of 2)

Medical Definition of floss (Entry 2 of 2)

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

intransitive verb

: to use dental floss flosses daily

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