- 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 līnum flax ; see l&ibremac;no- in Indo-European roots.