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

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 whitening pen is equipped with eucalyptus, thyme and menthol and the floss is coated with dental-grade baking soda. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, 18 Apr. 2022 Everyone would eat their vegetables, clean up after their pet, regularly brush and floss, and cross the street only when the signal allows. Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2022 Football is a deeply strange game, and beauty can be found in the sport's goofy moments — like a guy getting a sack with a floss pick in his mouth. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, 17 Apr. 2022 The label is known for its head-turning dresses, like the viral Fairy Dress which is leaving users speechless during try-ons, or its crossbody floss halter number. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 5 Apr. 2022 ByHumankind Dental Routine Bundle ByHumankind’s dental care set includes toothpaste and mouthwash tablets (60 each) and three-month supply of 100 percent biodegradable floss (available in two flavors), plus refillable containers. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Mar. 2022 This 4-drawer storage box is great for smaller craft items like embroidery floss, paints, or paper craft products. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Feb. 2022 Dua Lipa donned a neon orange suit earlier this month (paired with a floss string bikini, no less), while Rihanna wore a leather blazer and sheer pants to her mom's birthday in April. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 3 Aug. 2021 Journal shows you a deeper look at your brushing history, along with the ability to set reminders to floss and use mouthwash. Christian De Looper, BGR, 25 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Only 30% of Americans floss each day, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Janine Annett, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2022 The fibers of the rope toy will actually floss the dogs teeth, keeping their chompers healthy. Chris Hachey, BGR, 7 May 2021 In a story that anyone with a sister can relate to, Cocofloss co-founder and dentist Chrystle Cu was having trouble getting her patients — and her little sister, Cat — to floss. Noelle Ike, CNN Underscored, 8 Apr. 2021 To take the test, patients can't eat or drink anything, brush or floss their teeth or use mouthwash, or smoke or chew gum for one hour prior. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 7 Apr. 2021 Many people brush their teeth every day, but fewer people floss. Ryan Prior, CNN, 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, 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, 7 Oct. 2020 The next child reportedly goes on to ask Prince William if George has taught him how to floss. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 4 Oct. 2020 See More

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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 borrowed from Occitan (Languedoc or an adjacent area) flos "loose, untwisted (of silk)," going back to Latin fluxus "flowing, liquid, flabby, soft," from past participle of fluere "to flow" — more at fluid entry 1

Note: The English word apparently first occurs in Samuel Pullein's The Culture of Silk: Or, an Essay on its Rational Practice and Improvement (London, 1758). Pullein is unclear as to his sources, but he seems to have been familiar with silk production and the cultivation of mulberry trees in southeastern France and northwestern Italy. He uses the word both as an independent noun and in the collocation floss silk, which corresponds to French soie floche, Occitan sedo flusso (thus in Mistral, Lou tresor dóu Felibrige), and Italian seta floscia. French floche, which on phonetic grounds is unlikely to be the direct source of the English word, is traced to Gascon in Französisches etymologisches Wörterbuch, though Gascony was not a major center of silk production.

Verb

derivative of floss entry 1

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Last Updated

15 May 2022

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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)

floss

transitive verb

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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