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

As Ciara held her daughter and bopped her hips from side to side, Future Zahir also got his groove on and showed off his talents by doing the infamous floss dance. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Soul and Style! Ciara Shares Video of Son Future Zahir, 5, Dancing After Losing His First Tooth," 15 July 2019 Take the extra few minutes to floss with either traditional floss or a water flosser. NBC News, "10 common oral hygiene mistakes, according to dentists," 18 July 2019 But even if your dental hygiene isn't in need of a full-fledged makeover, with the 10 pressure settings and seven Waterpik water flossing tips, this gadget is the perfect addition to any routine, providing you an easy, effective, and fun floss. Allure, "Electric Toothbrushes Are One of the Best Amazon Prime Day Deals This Year," 15 July 2019 In the park, the diverse flora includes the wild banana orchid ⁠— the national flower of the island ⁠— and a silk floss tree that toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Adrienne Jordan, USA TODAY, "5 things first-timers should do in Grand Cayman, from snorkeling with stingrays to bioluminescent kayaking," 9 July 2019 At Precycle, an airy grocery store in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood, shoppers can find spices and fruit, grains and pastas, fresh olives and tofu, toothbrushes and floss, and many other household basics. National Geographic, "Grocery stores are packed with plastic. Some are changing.," 22 Apr. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The tropical packaging and fresh coconut scent were admittedly very cute, but for once, the actual feeling of flossing won me over. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "This Coconut Oil Floss Turned Me Into a Daily Flosser," 29 June 2019 During an interview with inspectors, a dentist at the center dismissed the necessity of fillings if patients commit to brushing and flossing, according to the report. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Bedsheet "nooses" among "serious violations" at California ICE detention facility," 4 Oct. 2018 The Fortnite World Cup felt like that, except the mascots weren’t allowed to stop flossing. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The Fortnite World Cup Finals were a victory lap for Epic Games," 29 July 2019 Take the extra few minutes to floss with either traditional floss or a water flosser. NBC News, "10 common oral hygiene mistakes, according to dentists," 18 July 2019 But even if your dental hygiene isn't in need of a full-fledged makeover, with the 10 pressure settings and seven Waterpik water flossing tips, this gadget is the perfect addition to any routine, providing you an easy, effective, and fun floss. Allure, "Electric Toothbrushes Are One of the Best Amazon Prime Day Deals This Year," 15 July 2019 Forget booth babes — passersby were greeted with a flossing Tomatohead character who was more than happy to work it to some of the game’s most recognizable emotes and moves while curious onlookers filmed away. NBC News, "Dancing tomatoes and llama pinatas? This must be a gaming convention.," 26 June 2019 Herrera, 14, of Coconut Creek, is a recent graduate of Lyons Creek Middle School and flossed out his eighth-grade year by winning the 1,600-meter run by running a personal best time of 4:55.12. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Forest Glen Middle wins first county boys track title," 21 June 2019 Every member of your traveling party should pack the basics, including a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, shampoo and a comb. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Unpacking hacks: What to take out of your bag when you arrive and what to leave in," 14 June 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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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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