- 1The rough silk enveloping a silkworm’s cocoon.More example sentences
- Since mankind discovered the wonder of the silkworm's floss, it has been used for the costliest of garments.
- Our silk quilt is made of pure silk floss.
- At the beginning, the silkworm spins the outer covering, the floss of the cocoon.
- 1.1 (also floss silk) Untwisted silk fibres used in embroidery.More example sentences
- Made with floss silk on khadi, phulkari is practiced by very few in the State today.
- The birds are worked in floss silk using a variety of flat stitches.
- This is a fluorescent floss silk and certainly stands out in coloured water.
- 1.2The silky down in maize and other plants: milkweed flossMore example sentences
- I saw a child who was albino, the hair like floss, the eyes with points of pink in them that reached up and grabbed my soul.
- 2 short for dental floss.More example sentences
- I don't wash my hands eighty-three times a day, brush my teeth for thirty-two minutes or floss with old fishingline if no string is available.
- It was a simple test, pitting Gore's PTFE floss against standard nylon floss and asking consumers which they preferred.
- They turned out to be perfect for small, hard-to-store items, like floss, sunscreen, and the scads of miniature soaps and shampoos I like to pilfer from motels.
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- 1 [with object] Clean between (one’s teeth) with dental floss.More example sentences
- Clean and floss your teeth at least twice a day: keep them sparkling, so you'll want to smile at the whole world.
- Talk to your child's dentist for advice on flossing those tiny teeth.
- Most pregnant women have some bleeding of their gums, especially while brushing or flossing their teeth.
- 2 [no object] • black slang Behave in a flamboyant manner; show off.More example sentences
- I accept these conventions, then, because I have no great desire to see the Mitchell brothers flossing or farting, and I'm happy that the scriptwriters should indulge this prejudice.
- Safire advises, ‘an obnoxious male showoff seeking to attract females is derided as a floss or as engaged in flossing.’
- If you haven't already seen the guy flossing up and down the Main, or posting hard on any given corner of Ste-Catherine, you will soon.
mid 18th century: from French (soie) floche 'floss (silk)', from Old French flosche 'down, nap of velvet', of unknown origin.
More definitions of flossDefinition of floss in:
- The US English dictionary