Definition of lint
1a : a soft fleecy material made from linen usually by scrapingb : 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
lintlessplay \ˈlint-ləs\ adjective
lintyplay \ˈlin-tē\ adjective
Examples of lint in a Sentence
I always have lint in my pocket.
The clothes dryer was clogged with lint.
Recent Examples of lint from the Web
When the eggs hatch, the grubs chew their way through everything inside, and by the time the plants open up, the cotton lint that should be present is largely gone.
Messages not only indicate when a wash is complete but also can warn that a lint filter is clogged or a load is too large.
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Origin and Etymology of lint
First Known Use: 14th century
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Definition of lint for English Language Learners
: tiny pieces of cloth or another soft material
: a soft material that is used for covering and protecting cuts and wounds
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History for lint
Lint is usually something we try to get rid of—from our clothes, or from the lint filters of clothes dryers. Centuries ago, however, soft bits of fuzz and fluff—in Middle English lint or lynet—were considered useful as a dressing for wounds, and were collected by scraping the fuzz off linen cloth. The origin of the word lint is uncertain, though it surely has some relationship to Middle English lin, “flax” or “cloth made from flax, linen.”
Medical Definition of lint
1: a soft fleecy material used for poultices and dressings for wounds and made from linen usually by scraping
2British : sterile cotton cloth used for dressings
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