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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dross  \Dross\,  n.  [AS.  dros,  fr  dre['o]san  to  fall.  See 
  {Dreary}.] 
  1.  The  scum  or  refuse  matter  which  is  thrown  off  or  falls 
  from  metals  in  smelting  the  ore,  or  in  the  process  of 
  melting;  recrement. 
 
  2.  Rust  of  metals.  [R.]  --Addison. 
 
  3.  Waste  matter;  any  worthless  matter  separated  from  the 
  better  part  leavings;  dregs;  refuse. 
 
  All  world's  glory  is  but  dross  unclean.  --Spenser. 
 
  At  the  devil's  booth  are  all  things  sold,  Each  ounce 
  of  dross  coats  its  ounce  of  gold.  --Lowell. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dross 
  n  1:  worthless  material  that  should  be  removed;  "there  were 
  impurities  in  the  water"  [syn:  {impurity}] 
  2:  the  scum  formed  by  oxidation  at  the  surface  of  molten  metals 
  [syn:  {slag},  {scoria}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Dross 
  the  impurities  of  silver  separated  from  the  one  in  the  process 
  of  melting  (Prov.  25:4;  26:23;  Ps  119:119).  It  is  also  used  to 
  denote  the  base  metal  itself  probably  before  it  is  smelted,  in 
  Isa.  1:22,  25. 
 




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