One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Short, fine fibers that separate from the surface of cloth or yarn, especially during processing.
fuzz, dustView synonyms
- ‘Poor thread quality can cause lint or ‘fuzz’ to build up in the needle, resulting in poor stitch quality.’
- ‘Brush cotton is a fabric that has been brushed to remove lint and other excess fibres to leave the cotton soft and smooth.’
- ‘He picked off nonexistent lint from his shirt, and looked back up at me through his bangs.’
- ‘High contrast helps a lot, so I can see a tiny piece of lint on a dark carpet.’
- ‘We replaced it with a new one after cleaning the lint trap.’
- ‘But whereas they were once crisp, motes of dust and household lint had now settled leaving the surface grimy.’
- ‘This increased area enables the filter to capture more lint, dust, pollen, mold and mildew - up to 95% of them from the air.’
- ‘Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.’
- ‘He could write about dryer lint and still make it sound interesting.’
- ‘Nathan's hands were stuffed in his pockets, his fingers rubbing idly against his pocket lint.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Following the instructions in your owner's manual, carefully clean out any lint, fuzz, or dirt in these areas.’
- ‘She brushes some invisible lint from his sweater, keeping her fingers near his collar.’
- ‘Dust and lint are deposited on the horizontal surfaces of equipment, floors, and other surfaces of the OR over time.’
- ‘I also lost so much fiber to the lint filter that the finished fabric now feels thin.’
- ‘Don't do this unless you have a little metal mesh lint catcher for the drain.’
- ‘I let it cling to me like dryer lint.’
- ‘Cover it with a cheesecloth to keep out dust, lint and insects.’
- ‘He gave the tuxedo a critical once over, brushing it down to remove any lint.’
- ‘"Understood, " he said while digging through the lint in his pocket for the coins.’
- 1.1 A fabric, originally of linen, with a raised nap on one side, used for dressing wounds.
dressing, covering, gauze, compress, plaster, ligature, tourniquet, swathe, strap, slingView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘He covered the wound made with lint soaked in carbolic acid.’
- 1.2 The fibrous material of a cotton boll.
- ‘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 operations in Namibia will require 20 000 tonnes of cotton lint annually.’
- ‘The major products for the EU market includes cut flowers and vegetables, live fish, fresh vegetables, honey, bees wax, cotton lint and fuzzy cotton.’
- ‘Normally, about 20 pounds of material is removed from every 500-pound bale of cotton during a process called lint cleaning.’
- ‘A record 1,600 pounds of cotton lint per acre was measured on one plot in 2001.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.3Scottish Flax fibers prepared for spinning.
Late Middle English lynnet ‘flax prepared for spinning’, perhaps from Old French linette ‘linseed’, from lin ‘flax’.
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