lint

noun \ ˈlint \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of lint

1 a : 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

lintless

play \ˈlint-ləs\ adjective

linty

play \ˈlin-tē\ adjective

Examples of lint in a Sentence

  1. I always have lint in my pocket.

  2. The clothes dryer was clogged with lint.

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Origin and Etymology of lint

Middle English

lint Synonyms

Synonyms
down, floss, fluff, fur, 1fuzz, nap, pile
Related Words
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LINT Defined for English Language Learners

lint

noun

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


LINT Defined for Kids

lint

noun \ ˈlint \

Definition of lint for Students

1 : loose bits of thread
2 : cotton 1

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 Dictionary

lint

noun \ ˈlint \

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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