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dross

 (drŏs, drôs)
n.
1. Waste or impure matter: discarded the dross after recycling the wood pulp.
2. The scum that forms on the surface of molten metal as a result of oxidation.
3. Worthless, commonplace, or trivial matter: "He was wide-awake and his mind worked clearly, purged of all dross" (Vladimir Nabokov).

[Middle English dros, from Old English drōs, dregs.]

dross′y adj.

dross

(drɒs)
n
1. (Metallurgy) the scum formed, usually by oxidation, on the surfaces of molten metals
2. worthless matter; waste
[Old English drōs dregs; related to Old High German truosana]
ˈdrossy adj
ˈdrossiness n

dross

(drɔs, drɒs)

n.
1. waste matter; refuse.
2. a waste product taken off molten metal during smelting, essentially metallic in character.
[before 1050; Old English drōs; c. Middle Dutch droes dregs]
dross′y, adj. -i•er, -i•est.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dross - worthless or dangerous material that should be removed; "there were impurities in the water"
waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product - any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted; "they collect the waste once a week"; "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"
2.dross - the scum formed by oxidation at the surface of molten metalsdross - the scum formed by oxidation at the surface of molten metals
scum - a film of impurities or vegetation that can form on the surface of a liquid
basic slag - slag produced in making steel; low in silica but having large amounts of calcium phosphate; useful as fertilizer

dross

noun rubbish, remains, refuse, lees, waste, debris, crust, impurity, scum, dregs, scoria, recrement gold nuggets from dross
Translations

dross

[drɒs] N (fig) → escoria f

dross

[ˈdrɒs] n (= worthless stuff) → déchets mpl

dross

n no pl (Metal) → Schlacke f; (fig)Schund m; money is but drossGeld ist eitel und nichtig

dross

[drɒs] n (Metallurgy) → scoria (fig) (rubbish) → spazzatura
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Syed Kaleem Imam said careless attitude, underage driving, fatigue, drossiness, usage of mobile phone while driving and lane violation are the major factors which result into fatal accidents.
It would rise up, like birds in flight, and float above the day's drossiness, like the very voice of God itself.