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 The beer-swilling rapper’s looks have a uniquely boisterous yeehaw quality: think Nudie suits in every color of the rainbow, complete with floss-thin bolo ties. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Post Malone Cleans Up In His Most Polished Look Yet," 6 Dec. 2019 The floss was smuggled in by Mr. Londonio’s mother, according to the report. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Mobster’s Jailbreak Plan: Floss, Hacksaw Blade, Crash Diet and a Priest," 18 Oct. 2019 Grandma’s famous siu mai dumplings, the crispy rice cakes with pork floss the family enjoyed while vacationing in Vietnam. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Ham’s best friend: The beagle brigade is the last line of defense against African swine fever in U.S.," 27 Nov. 2019 Or an entirely different version of a baseball, with a prune center, dental-floss winding and gerbil-hide cover? Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "On Giants’ next manager, Warriors’ secret plot, and killer burgers," 9 Nov. 2019 This pack comes with 12 pendants and 12 colors of floss to embroider unique designs as well as colorful tassels and wooden beads. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "The 2019 Good Housekeeping Best Toy Awards," 18 Oct. 2019 Some women will have scars that look like little strings of floss. Bethany Heitman, Health.com, "Ali Wong Opens Up About Her Miscarriage and Why No Topic is Off Limits On Stage," 10 Oct. 2019 Dark fashion lord Rick Owens also collaborated with the footwear label, coating the straps in floss-thin cashmere fur and painting the body in a black varnish. Vogue, "Kendall Jenner’s Birkenstocks Have Gone International," 19 Sep. 2019 Fold in half crosswise over floss or twine; glue or tape bottom edges together. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Trick or Treat Banner," 9 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most dentists and orthodontists strongly recommend flossing at least once a day. Emy Rodriguez Flores, Redbook, "Here's How Often/How Long You Really Need To Brush and Floss Your Teeth," 4 Oct. 2019 The Omnitasker Phone guy has nothing on the Omnitasker, who is somehow texting, changing the radio, flossing his teeth, smoking a heater and eating an egg sandwich all while hurtling past the 495 interchange at 85 miles an hour. BostonGlobe.com, "The 14 worst people on the Mass Pike, ranked - The Boston Globe," 25 Nov. 2019 The list of things that suddenly became difficult for Margaret grew frighteningly long: doing up her bra, flossing her teeth, using a spoon, making tea, putting on her makeup, fastening a necklace, writing out a shopping list, taking her watch off. Connie Schultz, Washington Post, "A strong-willed wife, her devoted husband and a losing battle with cancer," 31 Oct. 2019 The glasses-wearing redhead is flossing her teeth and missing one, and that immediately endeared me. Harold Goldberg, chicagotribune.com, "Review: I spent 300 minutes playing in Apple’s Arcade. Here’s what I liked best.," 20 Oct. 2019 For toothbrushing and flossing to work, they must be performed meticulously several times a day. Frank Scannapieco, The Conversation, "Lack of toothbrushing for seniors in nursing homes may sound gross, but it’s a serious health risk," 17 Sep. 2019 Gangnam style, the Harlem Shake, the whip, flossing, and the triangle have all sashayed across social media, leaving how-tos and trend pieces in their wake. Wired, "‘Joker Stairs’ and the Problem With Meme Tourism," 24 Oct. 2019 The Doctors Surgery costing more than $650,000; obsession with vapor rub; banana tea; flossing teeth. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘Fresh Off the Boat,’ the NLCS and more," 10 Oct. 2019 While toothbrushing and flossing help, the best way to remove biofilm like dental plaque is for a professional such as a dentist or hygienist to remove it with sharp instruments or ultrasonic scalers. Frank Scannapieco, The Conversation, "Lack of toothbrushing for seniors in nursing homes may sound gross, but it’s a serious health risk," 17 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of floss was in 1759

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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Floss.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floss. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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More Definitions for floss

floss

noun
How to pronounce floss (audio)

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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