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

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

Hold a piece of floss between your fingers, roughly two inches apart. Joanne Chen, Redbook, "Teeth: An Owner's Manual," 24 July 2017 Just like string floss, a water flosser cleans between your teeth. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Is a Water Flosser and Should You Be Using One?," 26 Feb. 2019 At one point, TV cameras caught the Jonas boys and challenged them to do the floss dance. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Showed Some Major PDA At the US Open," 4 Sep. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

You’re also supposed to floss the back sides of your last teeth, FYI. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Is a Water Flosser and Should You Be Using One?," 26 Feb. 2019 Brushing twice daily and flossing every day will cut down on the amount of bacteria in your mouth, which can contribute to bad breath. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why the Keto Diet Gives You Bad Breath, According to a Nutritionist," 29 Nov. 2018 Melissa Estrella, a physical therapist from Middletown, Conn., has tried to master the floss about 50 times since her first attempt in May. Judith Suggett flosses with her grandson Charlie McLauchlan in his garden in London. Joanna Sugden, WSJ, "Sorry Mom, Your Floss Dancing Is Just Embarrassing," 26 July 2018 When the studies were evaluated statistically as a whole, there was no significant cavity reduction from simply brushing or flossing without fluoride. Jeff Donn, The Seattle Times, "Experts question benefits of fluoride-free toothpaste," 7 Aug. 2018 Just put a little more time and effort into brushing and flossing daily. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "5 Sneaky Dental Issues That Might Mean Big Trouble," 28 Sep. 2016 That means flossing at least once a day and brushing for two minutes two times a day. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is It Actually Possible to Get Rid of Cavities Without Fillings?," 17 Oct. 2018 As a result, the federal government removed its long-standing flossing recommendation from Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Jeff Donn, The Seattle Times, "Experts question benefits of fluoride-free toothpaste," 7 Aug. 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 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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