\ ˈlint How to pronounce lint (audio) \

Definition of lint

1a : a soft fleecy material made from linen usually by scraping
b : fuzz consisting especially of fine ravelings and short fibers of yarn and fabric
2 : a fibrous coat of thick convoluted hairs borne by cotton seeds that yields the cotton staple

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Other Words from lint

lintless \ ˈlint-​ləs How to pronounce lintless (audio) \ adjective
linty \ ˈlin-​tē How to pronounce linty (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of lint in a Sentence

I always have lint in my pocket. The clothes dryer was clogged with lint.
Recent Examples on the Web Conair Travel Smart Pro Garment Steamer Best for international travel: An easy user favorite, this 450-watt travel steamer comes with a detachable bristle and lint brush to get your outfit shiny, new, and wrinkle-free all at once. Dan Q. Dao, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Best Travel Steamers for a Wrinkle-Free Vacation," 5 Dec. 2019 Beyond that, for her entire career, Serena—by accident or design—brushed aside expectation like lint on a lapel. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: What Should We Make of Serena's Recent Struggles in Finals?," 2 Oct. 2019 And a dryer maintenance company makes history with a giant ball of lint. CNN, "CNN 10 - October 30, 2019," 29 Oct. 2019 Lovely though Deakins’s photography is, the shot that stuck out to me the most was one of lint floating in the recycled atmosphere of an airplane, a mundane bit of ephemera representing Theo’s malaise. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Goldfinch Is Star-Studded, Pretty, and Lifeless," 12 Sep. 2019 Pack a dark washcloth to sponge dark clothes without leaving obvious lint. Los Angeles Times, "Readers’ laundry tips and secrets for keeping clothes clean while traveling," 4 Sep. 2019 The finished product is an almost spongy material that looks a little like compacted dryer lint with flecks of plastic and tiny shreds of newsprint intertwined throughout. Dennis Pillion |,, "Montgomery bet $31 million on future of recycling and its ‘magic garbage machine’," 17 June 2019 Microplastic particles are everywhere, but in freshwater systems, 60 percent of particles are clothing lint from laundry. Eliene Augenbraun, Scientific American, "Microplastics in Fresh Water Are Mostly Laundry Lint," 17 Sep. 2019 Detergent-eating lizards take up residence behind the washing machines, laying eggs in foam and nesting in lint, while a swarm of Hitchcockian birds occupies the south side of the factory. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of lint

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for lint

Middle English

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The first known use of lint was in the 14th century

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10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lint.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lint

chiefly US : tiny pieces of cloth or another soft material
British : a soft material that is used for covering and protecting cuts and wounds


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Kids Definition of lint

1 : loose bits of thread


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Medical Definition of lint

1 : a soft fleecy material used for poultices and dressings for wounds and made from linen usually by scraping
2 British : sterile cotton cloth used for dressings

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