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Meaning of FLOSS

Pronunciation:  flos

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a soft thread for cleaning the spaces between the teeth
  2. [n]  a soft loosely twisted thread used in embroidery
  3. [v]  use dental floss to clean; of teeth

FLOSS is a 5 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: dental floss
 See Also: clean, cleanse, thread, yarn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
  3. \Floss\, n.
    A body feather of an ostrich. Flosses are soft, and gray from
    the female and black from the male.
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