lint

noun
\ 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

Synonyms for lint

Synonyms

down, floss, fluff, fur, fuzz, nap, pile

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Examples of lint in a Sentence

I always have lint in my pocket. The clothes dryer was clogged with lint.

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Materials that can be composted include fruits and vegetables, eggshells, coffee grounds and filters, shredded newspaper, dryer and vacuum cleaner lint, fireplace ashes, and even hair and fur. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Denver Post, "How Denver residents can start composting," 25 Aug. 2019 Dryer lint stuffed into a toilet-paper tube and cotton balls coated with Vaseline both work well. Outside Online, "5 Ways to Impress Your Friends at the Campsite," 25 July 2019 In addition to the gloves, Hill said that the towels used to clean the mixing vats also caused small lint to get embedded in the lipstick. PEOPLE.com, "Jaclyn Hill Breaks Silence on Lipstick Controversy, Says They're Not Moldy or Contaminated," 13 June 2019 Pat them dry with a lint-free towel or paper towel after swimming or showering. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Will Eyelash Extensions Ruin Your Natural Lashes? We Investigate," 31 July 2019 His off-speed pitches collect lint in his back pocket. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Homers back Justin Verlander's gem as Astros take series from A's," 24 July 2019 Gone are the menacing lion's bright green eyes and thick, luscious mane; the new guy, whose mane sort of looks like a piece of lint, is in serious need of some dry shampoo. Sonia Rao, chicagotribune.com, "How do the ‘Lion King’ movies compare? A closer look at 6 key elements," 20 July 2019 Gone are the menacing lion’s bright green eyes and thick, luscious mane; the new guy, whose mane sort of looks like a piece of lint, is in serious need of some dry shampoo. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "How do the ‘Lion King’ movies compare? A closer look at 6 key elements.," 19 July 2019 Some of these lipsticks are full of hair, lint, fuzz, holes, lots of little holes, air bubbles. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Jaclyn Hill Refunds All Customers for Lipstick Purchases After Contamination Complaints," 24 June 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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lint

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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

lint

noun
\ ˈlint How to pronounce lint (audio) \

Kids Definition of lint

1 : loose bits of thread

lint

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\ ˈlint How to pronounce lint (audio) \

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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