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dreg


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dreg  \Dreg\,  n.  [Prob.  from  Icel.  dregg;  akin  to  Sw  dr["a]gg, 
  cf  Icel.  &  Sw  draga  to  draw.  Cf  {Draw}.] 
  Corrupt  or  defiling  matter  contained  in  a  liquid,  or 
  precipitated  from  it  refuse;  feculence;  lees;  grounds; 
  sediment;  hence  the  vilest  and  most  worthless  part  of 
  anything  as  the  dregs  of  society. 
 
  We  the  dregs  and  rubbish  of  mankind.  --Dryden. 
 
  Note:  Used  formerly  (rarely)  in  the  singular,  as  by  Spenser 
  and  Shakespeare,  but  now  chiefly  in  the  plural. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dreg 
  n  :  a  small  amount  of  residue 




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