\ 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 lint (audio) \ adjective
linty \ ˈlin-​tē How to pronounce lint (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 Avoid paper or plush cloth towels to maintain a lint-free surface. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How to Remove Scratches From Glass," 12 Feb. 2021 Clear the lint buildup in your dryer after every use and the area behind your dryer every few months. oregonlive, "2021 checklist to prepare your family for an emergency at home or in a public place," 14 Jan. 2021 Wash your blanket by itself to prevent lint, pilling or damage from items that have zippers, for example. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Wash a Weighted Blanket," 19 Nov. 2020 Honeywell’s air purifier has two filters: a pre-filter to capture large particles like pet hair and lint and a HEPA filter for smaller particles. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "Air purifier bestsellers 2020: Most purchased air purifiers we covered," 21 Dec. 2020 Some brands can shed bits of paper lint because they are formulated more for softness than strength. Michael Pollick,, "The best facial tissue," 19 Dec. 2020 Remove any nitty-gritty grime from button crevices with a toothpick, then dry the remote with a lint-free cloth and reinstall the batteries. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Should Clean At Home After Someone Has Been Sick," 11 Dec. 2020 That kind of pipe should not have any screws because lint builds up on the screws, and that can cause lots of problems. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Fire hazards in the laundry room," 11 Dec. 2020 This can be drier lint from an all-cotton load of laundry (like bath towels). Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 New Bushcraft Skills You Should Master this Winter," 2 Dec. 2020

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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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23 Feb 2021

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“Lint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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