- scraped and softened linen formerly used as a dressing for wounds
- cotton fiber used to make yarn
- the waste cotton remaining after ginning
- bits of thread, ravelings, or fluff from cloth or yarn, specif., such fluff caught by a removable screen in a clothes dryer
Origin of lintMiddle English linnet, probably ; from lin, linen: see line
to give off lint or fluff
- Clinging bits of fiber and fluff; fuzz.
- Downy material obtained by scraping linen cloth and used for dressing wounds.
- The mass of soft fibers surrounding the seeds of unginned cotton.
Origin of lintMiddle English, variant of linet (from Old French linette, grain of flax, diminutive of lin, flax) or from Medieval Latin linteum, lint (from Latin, linen cloth), both from Latin l&imacron;num, flax; see l&ibremac;no- in Indo-European roots.