floss

noun
\ ˈfläs How to pronounce floss (audio) , ˈflȯs \

Definition of floss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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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 Her sister Bella has sported a dark blue incarnation of the jacket in the past, wearing the piece with a pair of midriff floss pants back in March. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Takes a Page From Bella’s Closet With This Jacket," 15 Jan. 2021 Eight months later, those who trained to floss after brushing had a stronger habit than the other group. Ryan Prior, CNN, "The science of how to stick to New Year's resolutions and truly change your habits," 1 Jan. 2021 The packaging is recyclable and the floss is compostable. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "Easy product swaps to help you live a more eco-friendly life," 22 Oct. 2020 The kit includes a Rose Gold Sonic Toothbrush, along with floss and whitening toothpaste. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "The best sales to shop this weekend: Sur la Table, Vineyard Vines and more," 23 Oct. 2020 Speaking of teeth, brush them thoroughly and don’t forget to floss. Deborah Acosta, WSJ, "How to Dress for a Job Interview," 13 Nov. 2020 When the sun was fully risen, the golden marble faded and floated off like dandelion floss caught in the wind. Ayana Mathis, New York Times, "On a Summer Night in Selma, an Eerie Carnival Comes to Town," 11 Nov. 2020 The 100% silk floss is waxed and has a mint flavor. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "Easy product swaps to help you live a more eco-friendly life," 22 Oct. 2020 Fernanda Cardenas, dressed as Wonder Woman, handed out bags filled with toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and activity sheets on how to brush teeth. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "District 4 hosts Halloween drive-through event for residents," 31 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many people brush their teeth every day, but fewer people floss. Ryan Prior, CNN, "The science of how to stick to New Year's resolutions and truly change your habits," 1 Jan. 2021 So British scientists designed a study in which one group of people was told to floss before brushing, and another after brushing. Ryan Prior, CNN, "The science of how to stick to New Year's resolutions and truly change your habits," 1 Jan. 2021 The flosser comes in nine different colors and comes with seven tips so your whole family can water floss freely. Popular Science, "Home and office products that make sure-fire gifts," 7 Oct. 2020 The next child reportedly goes on to ask Prince William if George has taught him how to floss. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Prince William Just Shared the Cutest Fact About ‘Cheeky’ Princess Charlotte," 4 Oct. 2020 Doniger mentions that her goal is getting her patients to floss and brush for two minutes twice a day to get rid of decay- and dental disease-causing biofilm. NBC News, "Best electric toothbrushes, according to experts and dentists," 5 June 2020 Discko created it for people struggling with mental illness, chronic illness, ADHD, or people who just forget to floss their teeth before calling it a night. Jordan Mcmahon, Wired, "The App That Wants You to Treat Self Care Like a Garden," 11 Apr. 2020 There's a reason your dentist constantly reminds you to floss every single day: Flossing can help fight against gum diseases like gingivitis, while also combatting bad breath. NBC News, "14 of the best Cyber Week deals you can still get," 6 Dec. 2019 Fogg’s method is meant to work for any habit—not just escaping the Instagram scroll, but remembering to floss your teeth, developing an exercise routine, or practicing the guitar. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Live Your Best Life—On and Off Your Phone—in 2020," 6 Jan. 2020

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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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27 Jan 2021

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“Floss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floss. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce floss (audio) , 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 How to pronounce floss (audio) \

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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