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floss

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noun \ ˈfläs , ˈflȯs \

Definition of floss

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

floss Synonyms

Synonyms
down, 1fuzz, fluff, fur, lint, nap, pile
Related Words
batting

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floss

verb

Definition of floss

transitive verb
:to use dental floss on
intransitive verb
: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

2 :soft thread used in embroidery
3 :fluffy material full of fibers

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floss

verb

Definition of floss for Students

flossed; flossing
: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

transitive verb

medical Definition of floss

: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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