Definition of lint in English:



  • 1Short, fine fibres which separate from the surface of cloth or yarn during processing.

    ‘some fabrics leave tiny specks of lint on the glass’
    • ‘I let it cling to me like dryer lint.’
    • ‘Brush cotton is a fabric that has been brushed to remove lint and other excess fibres to leave the cotton soft and smooth.’
    • ‘Cover it with a cheesecloth to keep out dust, lint and insects.’
    • ‘But whereas they were once crisp, motes of dust and household lint had now settled leaving the surface grimy.’
    • ‘High contrast helps a lot, so I can see a tiny piece of lint on a dark carpet.’
    • ‘He could write about dryer lint and still make it sound interesting.’
    • ‘Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.’
    • ‘I also lost so much fiber to the lint filter that the finished fabric now feels thin.’
    • ‘Nathan's hands were stuffed in his pockets, his fingers rubbing idly against his pocket lint.’
    • ‘Poor thread quality can cause lint or ‘fuzz’ to build up in the needle, resulting in poor stitch quality.’
    • ‘Dust and lint are deposited on the horizontal surfaces of equipment, floors, and other surfaces of the OR over time.’
    • ‘This increased area enables the filter to capture more lint, dust, pollen, mold and mildew - up to 95% of them from the air.’
    • ‘We replaced it with a new one after cleaning the lint trap.’
    • ‘"Understood, " he said while digging through the lint in his pocket for the coins.’
    • ‘He gave the tuxedo a critical once over, brushing it down to remove any lint.’
    • ‘Don't do this unless you have a little metal mesh lint catcher for the drain.’
    • ‘He picked off nonexistent lint from his shirt, and looked back up at me through his bangs.’
    • ‘Following the instructions in your owner's manual, carefully clean out any lint, fuzz, or dirt in these areas.’
    • ‘Brown says that the most money was spent on a complete rebuild of the paint shop, changing out ovens for increased airflow, installing brighter lighting and adding systems that remove dust and lint from the paint.’
    • ‘She brushes some invisible lint from his sweater, keeping her fingers near his collar.’
    fuzz, lint, dust
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    1. 1.1Scottish Flax fibres prepared for spinning.
    2. 1.2The fibrous material of a cotton boll.
      • ‘The products include copper rods, sugar, electrical cables, tobacco, fresh flowers, cotton lint, cotton yarn, fresh vegetables, gemstones and gasoil.’
      • ‘During the ginning process the economically important lint fibers are removed from the seed, leaving the much shorter fuzz fiber.’
      • ‘This may eventually lead to the discovery of new approaches for the transformation of short fibre into the long lint, hence, the increase of fibre quality and productivity.’
      • ‘Top products exported to 59 export markets within and outside the sub region include copper wires, electrical cables, burley tobacco, sugar and cotton lint.’
      • ‘The major products for the EU market includes cut flowers and vegetables, live fish, fresh vegetables, honey, bees wax, cotton lint and fuzzy cotton.’
      • ‘A record 1,600 pounds of cotton lint per acre was measured on one plot in 2001.’
      • ‘South Africa, therefore, only managed to produce about 50 percent, ‘in a good year’, of its annual requirement of 70,000 tonnes of cotton lint.’
      • ‘The operations in Namibia will require 20 000 tonnes of cotton lint annually.’
      • ‘He said the long term vision of the ginnery is to establish a fully fledged textile industry, which will produce finished materials if the company started producing more lint than what the customers could take.’
      • ‘Normally, about 20 pounds of material is removed from every 500-pound bale of cotton during a process called lint cleaning.’
      • ‘Once the cotton fiber properties have been determined, the value of the cotton lint can be calculated from the same tables farmers use when selling their cotton.’
  • 2A fabric, originally of linen, with a raised nap on one side, used for dressing wounds.

    ‘he smeared ointment on a strip of lint’
    • ‘He covered the wound made with lint soaked in carbolic acid.’
    • ‘One case, number 11, describes the management of a broken nose, and the treatment, involving rolls of lint within the nostrils and external bandaging, can hardly be bettered even by modern doctors.’
    dressing, covering, gauze, lint, compress, plaster, ligature, tourniquet, swathe, strap, sling
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Late Middle English lynnet ‘flax prepared for spinning’, perhaps from Old French linette linseed, from lin flax.