• WordNet 3.6
    • v floss use dental floss to clean "floss your teeth after every meal"
    • n floss a soft thread for cleaning the spaces between the teeth
    • n floss a soft loosely twisted thread used in embroidery
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1996, Americans bought only 12 inches of dental floss per capita.
    • Floss A body feather of an ostrich. Flosses are soft, and gray from the female and black from the male.
    • Floss A small stream of water.
    • Floss Fluid glass floating on iron in the puddling furnace, produced by the vitrification of oxides and earths which are present.
    • Floss (Bot) The slender styles of the pistillate flowers of maize; also called silk.
    • Floss Untwisted filaments of silk, used in embroidering.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n floss A small stream of water: used as a name in the extract.
    • n floss A fluid glass floating upon iron in a puddling-furnace, produced by the vitrification of oxids and earths.
    • n floss Same as floss-hole.
    • n floss A downy or silky substance inclosed by the husks of certain plants, as maize and milkweed.
    • n floss Same as floss-silk.
    • n floss The leaves of red canary-grass; also, the common rush.
    • n floss The loose silk which envelops the cocoon-pod of the silkworm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Floss flos the loose downy or silky substance in the husks of certain plants, as the bean—also Flosh
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. floscio, flabby, soft, fr. L. fluxus, flowing, loose, slack. See Flux (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. O. Fr. flosche, down: or from some Teut. word cog. with fleece—cf. Ice. flos, nap.


In literature:

It was soft as floss silk.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
It is made of two of the many varieties of Honiton braids, wash-silk floss and linen lawn.
"The Art of Modern Lace Making" by The Butterick Publishing Co.
It is a sadder book than 'The Mill on the Floss,' of which it reminds us.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 5, May, 1864" by Various
But we would have had no "Adam Bede" nor "Mill on the Floss.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
This was the work of the first day and its construction was of what is known as floss.
"The Story of Silk" by Sara Ware Bassett
Hair of a bright brown, feeling like floss silk.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863" by Various
When "~Mother~" apparently says to "~Floss~," "Come home at once.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne
As for Floss, Helen had already got a hold upon that young lady.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
In straw-coloured floss upon pale blue silk.
"Art in Needlework" by Lewis F. Day
Eliot, George; Mill on the Floss.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
It was a blue-eyed, fresh-faced thing with floss of red-gold hair.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The parts filled up, should be worked in black floss or black wool.
"The Ladies' Work-Table Book" by Anonymous
Maggie ran to the high bank against the great holly-tree, where she could see far away towards the Floss.
"Tom and Maggie Tulliver" by Anonymous
Silk floss is mostly used for wet and dry fly bodies.
"How to Tie Flies" by E. C. Gregg
We may employ floss-silk and satin-stitch for such works with safety.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
Note that its little skull is still soft, like an apple, under the thin floss hair.
"Renaissance Fancies and Studies" by Violet Paget (AKA Vernon Lee)
Mark his brilliant plumage, smooth and lustrous as satin, soft as floss silk.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 92, June, 1865" by Various
Seven brown wavelets are ever in motion, And silken floss to them is naught, to our notion.
"Mother Truth's Melodies" by Mrs. E. P. Miller
"A Catalogue of Books Published by Methuen and Company, February, 1908" by Methuen and Company

In poetry:

A little patch of dark-green moss,
Whose softness grew of quiet ways
(With all its deep, delicious floss)
In slumb’rous suns of summer days.
"Mountain Moss" by Henry Kendall
Deep hidden in delicious floss
It nestles, sister, from the heat —
A gracious growth of tender moss
Whose nights are soft, whose days are sweet.
"Moss on a Wall" by Henry Kendall
The silky flosses shine
Down to his very toes:
Tipped with white is his nose:
And his ears are fleeces fine,
Blowing a shadow-grace
Breeze-like about his face.
"Tony" by Clara Doty Bates
Seek ye a couch of softest eider-down,
The silken floss that baby birdling warms,
Or shaded moss with blushing roses strown,
And Love will find--when they are all alone--
A softer couch in some fair woman's arms.
"Love Will Find" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
Can those limbs which bow down beneath sorrow and age,
From the floss of the silk-worm fresh vigour receive;
Can the pomp of the proud, death's grim tyrant assuage,
Can it teach you to die, or instruct you to live?
"Pastoral Stanzas" by Mary Darby Robinson
"Till bursts no more the cotton boll o'er fields of Carolina,
And fills with snowy flosses the dusky hands of Dinah;
Till war has dealt its final blow, and Mr. Seward's knavery
Has put an end in all the land to freedom and to slavery.
"England's Neutrality" by John Reuben Thompson

In news:

No matter what I use, I'm recommitting to flossing as well as brushing today.
Rapper Hollywood Floss supports the Aeros.
Naples resident Win Turner inspects a silk floss tree he planted over 65 years ago at a location now adjacent to the Naples Botanical Garden on Bayshore Drive on Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011, in Naples.
But here's some news that may inspire you to remember: Flossing your teeth, experts say, may do more to fight the effects of aging — at least over the long-term — than plastic surgery.
Perhaps the same should be said about character flossing .
Fun, Sun, and Candy Floss .
The Who's Pete Townshend Plans New Musical ' Floss '.
You Can't Floss In Those Shoes.
The floss offers a way to get toothpaste between teeth.
Brush & Floss Well To Avoid Gingivitis And Periodontal Disease.
Don't forget to floss .
To create the largest flower , layer white-felt petal shapes on top of aqua felt and secure with aqua embroidery floss.
Tooth Fairies in full dress promote flossing at college campuses.
One little strand of floss can keep disease at bay.
"Flossing prevents gingivitis, which ages your arteries and immune system," Dr Roizen says.

In science:

IS origin (that is, extrasolar as opposed to solar system formation) of some of them has been rigorously confirmed through measurements of non-solar oxygen (O) isotope abundances (Messenger et al. 2003; Floss et al. 2006).
Comment on "The shape and composition of interstellar silicate grains"
SiC & Al2O3 ) in the ISM which likely explains why, despite their susceptibility to modification and destruction, GEMS are to date the most abundant type of isotopically anomalous presolar grain identified in meteoritic mat erials (Floss et al. 2006; Nguyen et al. 2007; Messenger 2007).
Comment on "The shape and composition of interstellar silicate grains"
Floss, C.; Stadermann, F. J.; Bradley, J. P.; Dai, Z. R.; Bajt, S.; Graham, G.; Lea, A. S. Geochim Cosmochim Acta, 2006, 70, 2371-2399.
Recent Progress in Chirality Research Using Circularly Polarized Light
The cost of deviating from the ideal hyperbolic electrode shape can be understood with an “inefficiency factor” floss that turns out to be of order 10 for many designs of interest.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
Free/Libre and Open Source Software: Survey and study – FLOSS – Part 4: Survey of developers.
Introducing Automated Regression Testing in Open Source Projects
Are FLOSS developers committing to CVS/SVN as much as they are talking in mailing lists? challenges for integrating data from multiple repositories.
Introducing Automated Regression Testing in Open Source Projects