lint·​er ˈlin-tər How to pronounce linter (audio)
: a machine for removing linters
linters plural : the fuzz of short fibers that adheres to cottonseed after ginning

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web It's made of durable EVA plastic and features a microsuede linter and water-resistant zipper, plus there's a carabiner for attaching it to a bag. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 15 Dec. 2022 Cupro, for example, is a regenerated cellulose fiber made from cotton linter — the silky fibers that stick to the seeds of the cotton plant after it has been ginned. Rosemary Feitelberg | Wwd,, 25 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of linter was circa 1889

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“Linter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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