cotton on

Definitions

  • SLAVES ON A COTTON PLANTATION
    SLAVES ON A COTTON PLANTATION
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cotton on understand, usually after some initial difficulty "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"
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Usage

In literature:

Dr. Fogarty next adjusted a silken bandage, over a wad of cotton wool, which he placed on the eyes of the prisoner.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
At Muscle Shoals a mushroom city of 20,000 sprang up on an Alabama cotton field in six months.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
Say, put a stem on that chrysanthemum you're doing, Cotton-top.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
An excise duty of a similar amount is imposed on cotton woven at Indian mills.
"Political and Literary essays, 1908-1913" by Evelyn Baring
Trains are running at a reasonable speed to Turkestan, and I saw cotton from there being loaded on to Volga steamers.
"The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism" by Bertrand Russell
She laid the shining silk gown carefully on the bed, and put on her cotton one again.
"Pembroke" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Mather, Cotton, on origin of Quakers, 48.
"The Digger Movement in the Days of the Commonwealth" by Lewis H. Berens
The invitations for the cotton wedding should be neatly printed on fine white cloth, and presents should be of articles of cotton cloth.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
Through this hole a length of cotton was passed and tied to the handle of a mug on the kitchen shelf.
"Observations of an Orderly" by Ward Muir
On boiling, the wool and silk dissolve, whilst the cellulose fibre, cotton, remains undestroyed.
"The Chemistry of Hat Manufacturing" by Watson Smith
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In poetry:

Some on bales of cotton venture—
Others, desperate, try to leap;
Some attempt the boats to enter,
But are plunged into the deep.
"Lines On Hearing Of The Burning Of The Steamer "Lexington."" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
When the master of this place was Joe
And cotton king of crops,
I've seen the white and red blooms blow
On miles of my sunny tops.
"Joe's Farm" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
The thrush no longer sings its tender song
In osage thicket, or in locust hedge,
But pipes its notes the negro boys among,
On cotton plant, or Alabama sedge.
"September" by Joseph Horatio Chant
There is a sound of music echoing
Through the open door
And in the field there is
Another sound tinkling in the cotton:
Chains of bondmen dragging on the ground.
"Southern Mansion" by Arna Wendall Bontemps
Stuffing my ears with cotton-wool, to drown
The jabbering set he egged her on to buy.
I know his habits - what time he came down,
His preference for sauce to gravy, why
"Mr Bleaney" by Philip Larkin
She ain't what she was in the days of her glory.
Fer years she has stood in the cotton wood shade.
But if she could talk, she could tell you some story,
Of her days on the range, and the part that she played.
"The Chuck Wagon" by Bruce Kiskaddon

In news:

Yesterday's end of day price on Cotton #2 futures for December contracts was 72 cents.
James Cotton performs on stage during New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 3, 2012 in New Orleans, United States.
Tony Jefferson of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates with Tony Jefferson #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners after sacking the Texas Longhorn quarterback for a loss at Cotton Bowl on October 13, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.
Enlarge Kate Mercer Orange Beach lifeguards Jeff Kimsey, Jesse Ross, Ward Kennedy and Beach Safety Director Melvin Shepard at the new lifeguard tower 1 at Cotton Bayou public beach acess in Orange Beach on May 31, 2012.
His novel, The Webster Chronicle, is based on the lives of Cotton and Increase Mather.
City Council panel listens, takes no action on heated discussion on whether to raze cotton warehouse.
Great Falls Voyagers mascot, Orbit , Performs his nightly ritual of dancing on top of the dugout to "Cotton Eyed Joe".
WASHINGTON — Rep.-Elect Tom Cotton will venture to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to join a freshman class of more than 75 Republicans and Democrats for orientation .
Futures trading gets hectic on the New York Cotton Exchange.
(AP) Bryce Cotton scored eight of his 21 points during a game-breaking 17-0 run that carried Providence to a 66-47 win over Fairfield on Friday night.
The original panorama was painted on one long woven piece of cotton muslin in the late 1800s.
Beyond corn and soybeans, it is registered for use on 50 other crops including cotton, peanuts, rice, tomatoes and wheat.
Cotton Lace pleat, exposed seams on sides.
This bestseller, made from 100% organic, pima cotton fleece, may be the softest thing found on planet earth.
For those who like really thick prints, Prestige Silver Supreme is coated on an extra premium-weight 100 percent cotton rag stock.
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In science:

On the left, our 1.4 GHz luminosity function is compared to the 1.4 GHz local luminosity function of Condon, Cotton & Broderick (2002) (long-dash line) and the luminosity function of Sadler et al. (2002) (short-dash line).
Spectroscopic Survey of 1.4 GHz and 24 Micron Sources in the Spitzer First Look Survey with WIYN/Hydra
First, let us remark that the results of apply to a class of metrics larger than Einstein spacetimes: instead of requiring Rab = R 5 gab , a weaker condition (on the Cotton-York tensor) was imposed.
On a five-dimensional version of the Goldberg-Sachs theorem
The mirror facets are arranged in a Davis-Cotton geometrical configuration to yield an on-axis spot-size of 0.2 cm diameter.
Image and Non-Image Parameters of Atmospheric Cherenkov Events: a comparative study of their gamma-ray/hadron classification potential in UHE regime
The monitoring campaign reported by Cotton et al. (2004) also hints at a possible relationship between the relative location of the 3.6 µm photosphere and a dependence of the SiO maser radius on the relative 3.6 to 2.2 µm photospheric radii.
Stellar masers, circumstellar envelopes, and supernova remnants
Figure 2: Two .308 caliber rifle bullets (150 grain on left, 110 grain on right) shown with a cotton cleaning patch used to assure snug fit between the .308” outer bullet diameter and the .357” inner diameter of the orange plastic sabot.
A method for testing bullets at reduced velocity
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