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floss


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Floss  \Floss\,  n. 
  A  body  feather  of  an  ostrich.  Flosses  are  soft,  and  gray  from 
  the  female  and  black  from  the  male. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Floss  \Floss\,  n.  [Cf.  G.  floss  a  float.] 
  1.  A  small  stream  of  water.  [Eng.] 
 
  2.  Fluid  glass  floating  on  iron  in  the  puddling  furnace, 
  produced  by  the  vitrification  of  oxides  and  earths  which 
  are  present. 
 
  {Floss  hole}. 
  a  A  hole  at  the  back  of  a  puddling  furnace,  at  which  the 
  slags  pass  out 
  b  The  tap  hole  of  a  melting  furnace.  --Knight. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Floss  \Floss\  (?;  195),  n.  [It.  floscio  flabby,  soft,  fr  L. 
  fluxus  flowing,  loose,  slack.  See  {Flux},  n.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  The  slender  styles  of  the  pistillate  flowers  of 
  maize;  also  called  {silk}. 
 
  2.  Untwisted  filaments  of  silk,  used  in  embroidering. 
 
  {Floss  silk},  silk  that  has  been  twisted,  and  which  retains 
  its  loose  and  downy  character.  It  is  much  used  in 
  embroidery.  Called  also  {floxed  silk}. 
 
  {Floss  thread},  a  kind  of  soft  flaxen  yarn  or  thread,  used 
  for  embroidery;  --  called  also  {linen  floss},  and  {floss 
  yarn}.  --McElrath. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  floss 
  n  1:  a  soft  loosely  twisted  thread  used  in  embroidery 
  2:  a  soft  thread  for  cleaning  the  spaces  between  the  teeth 
  [syn:  {dental  floss}] 
  v  :  use  dental  floss  to  clean;  of  teeth 




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