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cot·ton

 (kŏt′n)
n.
1.
a. Any of various shrubby plants of the genus Gossypium, having showy flowers and grown for the soft white downy fibers surrounding oil-rich seeds.
b. The fiber of any of these plants, used in making textiles and other products.
c. Thread or cloth manufactured from the fiber of these plants.
2. Any of various soft downy substances produced by other plants, as on the seeds of a cottonwood.
intr.v. cot·toned, cot·ton·ing, cot·tons Informal
1. To take a liking; attempt to be friendly: a dog that didn't cotton to strangers; an administration that will cotton up to the most repressive of regimes.
2. To come to understand. Often used with to or onto: "The German bosses ... never cottoned to such changes" (N.R. Kleinfield).

[Middle English cotoun, from Old French coton, from Old Italian cotone, from Arabic quṭn, quṭun; see qṭn in Semitic roots.]

cotton

(ˈkɒtən)
n
1. (Plants) any of various herbaceous plants and shrubs of the malvaceous genus Gossypium, such as sea-island cotton, cultivated in warm climates for the fibre surrounding the seeds and the oil within the seeds. See also sea-island cotton
2. (Textiles) the soft white downy fibre of these plants: used to manufacture textiles
3. (Agriculture) cotton plants collectively, as a cultivated crop
4. (Textiles)
a. a cloth or thread made from cotton fibres
b. (as modifier): a cotton dress.
5. (Textiles) any substance, such as kapok (silk cotton), resembling cotton but obtained from other plants
[C14: from Old French coton, from Arabic dialect qutun, from Arabic qutn]
ˈcottony adj

Cotton

(ˈkɒtən)
n
(Biography) Sir Henry. 1907–87, English golfer: three times winner of the British Open (1934, 1937, 1948)

cot•ton

(ˈkɒt n)

n.
1. a soft, white, downy substance consisting of the hairs or fibers attached to the seeds of plants belonging to the genus Gossypium, of the mallow family, used in making fabrics, thread, wadding, etc.
2. the plant itself, having spreading branches and broad, lobed leaves.
3. such plants collectively as a cultivated crop.
4. cloth, thread, a garment, etc., of cotton.
5. any soft, downy substance resembling cotton, but growing on other plants.
v.i.
6. Informal. to get on well together; agree.
7. Obs. to prosper or succeed.
8. cotton to or on to,Informal.
a. to become fond of; begin to like.
b. to approve of; agree with: to cotton to a suggestion.
[1250–1300; Middle English coton < Old French < early Italian cotone < Arabic quṭun, variant of qutn]

Cot•ton

(ˈkɒt n)

n.
John, 1584–1652, U.S. clergyman, colonist, and author (grandfather of Cotton Mather).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cotton - soft silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw statecotton - soft silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw state
cotton - fabric woven from cotton fibers
cushioning, padding - artifact consisting of soft or resilient material used to fill or give shape or protect or add comfort
absorbent cotton - cotton made absorbent by removal of the natural wax
long-staple cotton - cotton with relatively long fibers
short-staple cotton - cotton with relatively short fibers
plant fiber, plant fibre - fiber derived from plants
2.cotton - fabric woven from cotton fiberscotton - fabric woven from cotton fibers  
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
gauze, gauze bandage - (medicine) bleached cotton cloth of plain weave used for bandages and dressings
cotton, cotton fiber, cotton wool - soft silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw state
3.cotton - erect bushy mallow plant or small tree bearing bolls containing seeds with many long hairy fiberscotton - erect bushy mallow plant or small tree bearing bolls containing seeds with many long hairy fibers
cottonseed - seed of cotton plants; source of cottonseed oil
genus Gossypium, Gossypium - herbs and shrubs and small trees: cotton
Gossypium arboreum, tree cotton - East Indian shrub cultivated especially for ornament for its pale yellow to deep purple blossoms
Gossypium barbadense, sea island cotton, tree cotton - small bushy tree grown on islands of the Caribbean and off the Atlantic coast of the southern United States; yields cotton with unusually long silky fibers
Gossypium herbaceum, Levant cotton - Old World annual having heart-shaped leaves and large seeds with short greyish lint removed with difficulty; considered an ancestor of modern short-staple cottons
Gossypium hirsutum, upland cotton - native tropical American plant now cultivated in the United States yielding short-staple cotton
Gossypium peruvianum, Peruvian cotton - cotton with long rough hairy fibers
Egyptian cotton - fine somewhat brownish long-staple cotton grown in Egypt; believed to be derived from sea island cotton or by hybridization with Peruvian cotton
Arizona wild cotton, Gossypium thurberi, wild cotton - shrub of southern Arizona and Mexico
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
4.cotton - thread made of cotton fibers
lisle thread, lisle - a strong tightly twisted cotton thread (usually made of long-staple cotton)
thread, yarn - a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
Verb1.cotton - take a liking to; "cotton to something"
like - find enjoyable or agreeable; "I like jogging"; "She likes to read Russian novels"

cotton

verb
1. Informal. To live or act together in harmony:
Idiom: hit it off.
2. Informal. To support slavishly every opinion or suggestion of a superior:
Slang: suck up.
Idioms: curry favor, dance attendance, kiss someone's feet, lick someone's boots.
Translations
قُطْـنقُطْن طِبّيّنسيج قُطنـييَفْـهَـم
памукпамучен
bavlnabavlněnýsrovnat si v makovicivata
bomuldbomulds-bomuldstrådfattegennemskue
puuvillaompelulankapumpuli
pamukvata
pamut
kapaskapukkatun
bómullskilja, átta sig á
綿脱脂綿
목화
kokvilnakokvilnas-kokvilnas diegs/audumssaprastuztvert
bumbac
bavlnabavlnený
bombaž
bomullbomullstråd
ผ้าฝ้ายฝ้าย ผ้าฝ้ายสำลี
бавовнабавовник
bôngbông mềmvải cotton

cotton

[ˈkɒtn]
A. N (= cloth) → algodón m; (= plant, industry etc) → algodonero m (Brit) (= thread) → hilo m (de algodón) (US) = cotton wool
B. CPD [shirt, dress] → de algodón
cotton belt N (US) (Geog) → zona f algodonera
cotton bud Nbastoncillo m de algodón
cotton candy N (US) → algodón m (azucarado)
the cotton industry Nla industria algodonera
cotton mill Nfábrica f de algodón
cotton reel Ncarrete m de hilo, bobina f de hilo
cotton swab N (US) = cotton bud cotton waste Nborra f de algodón
cotton wool N (Brit) → algodón m hidrófilo
cotton on VI + ADV (Brit) to cotton on (to sth)caer en la cuenta (de algo)

cotton

[ˈkɒtən]
n
(= plant) → coton m
(= fabric) → coton m
(= thread) → fil m de coton
modif [dress, shirt, sheet] → de coton
a cotton shirt → une chemise de coton
cotton on
vipiger
to cotton on to sth → piger qch cotton bud n (British)coton-tige® mcotton candy (US) nbarbe f à papacotton mill nfilature f de coton

cotton

nBaumwolle f; (= plant)Baumwollstrauch m; (= fibre)Baumwollfaser f; (= fabric)Baumwollstoff m; (= sewing thread)(Baumwoll)garn nt
adjBaumwoll-, baumwollen; clothes, fabric alsoaus Baumwolle

cotton

in cpdsBaumwoll-;
cotton batting
n (US) → Gaze f
Cotton Belt
n (Geog) → Baumwollzone f
cotton bud
n (Brit) → Wattestäbchen nt
cotton cake
nFuttermittel nt
cotton candy
n (US) → Zuckerwatte f
cotton gin
nEntkörnungsmaschine f(für Baumwolle)
cotton grass
nWollgras nt
cotton mill
cotton pad
nWattepad nt
cotton picker
nBaumwollpflücker(in) m(f); (= machine)Baumwollpflückmaschine f
cotton-picking
adj (US inf) → verflucht (inf)
cotton plant
nBaumwollstaude for -strauch m
cotton print
n (= fabric)bedruckter Baumwollstoff
cottonseed
nBaumwollsamen m
cottonseed cake
cottonseed oil
nBaumwollsamenöl nt
cottontail
n (US) → Kaninchen nt, → Karnickel nt
cottonwood
cotton wool
n (Brit) → Watte f; to wrap somebody (up) in cotton (fig)jdn in Watte packen; my brain feels like cottonich kann überhaupt nicht klar denken
cotton-wool ball
nWattebausch m

cotton

[ˈkɒtn]
1. n (cloth, plant) → cotone m; (thread) → (filo di) cotone
2. adj (shirt, dress) → di cotone
cotton on vi + adv (fam) to cotton on (to sth)afferrare (qc)

cotton1

(ˈkotn) noun
1. a soft substance got from the seeds of the cotton plant, used in making thread or cloth.
2. the yarn or cloth made from this. a reel of cotton; This shirt is made of cotton; (also adjective) a cotton shirt.
cotton candy
(American) candy floss.
ˌcottonˈwool noun
(American absorbent cotton) loose cotton pressed into a mass, for absorbing liquids, wiping or protecting an injury etc. She bathed the wound with cotton wool.

cotton2

(ˈkotn) : cotton on verb
to understand. He'll soon cotton on (to what you mean).

cotton

قُطْن, قُطْن طِبّيّ bavlna, vata bomuld, bomuldstråd, vat Baumwolle, Baumwollstoff, Watte ακατέργαστο βαμβάκι, βαμβάκι algodón, algodón en rama, hilo ompelulanka, pumpuli, puuvilla coton, ouate pamuk, vata cotone, filo di cotone, ovatta, 綿, 脱脂綿, 목화, 솜 katoen, watten bomull, vatt bawełna, wata algodão, algodão hidrófilo вата, хлопковая нить, хлопок bomull, bomullstråd ผ้าฝ้าย, ฝ้าย ผ้าฝ้าย, สำลี pamuk bông, bông mềm, vải cotton 棉絮, 棉线, 棉花

cot·ton

n. algodón.

cotton

n algodón m; — ball torunda (form); bola, bolita, mota, or copo de algodón; — mouth (fam) sequedad f de boca, boca seca
References in classic literature ?
This was the renowned Cotton Mather, minister of the Old North Church in Boston.
Some Manchester chaps said it was as good as any Sea Island cotton on the market.
Pete, Tommy, Adolphus, and Mirabel Cotton were all alone.
This substance is found quite pure in many bodies, especially in cotton, which is nothing more than the down of the seeds of the cotton plant.
However, he acquired some knowledge of the cotton trade, saved some money, borrowed some more on the security of his reputation for getting the better of other people in business, and, as he accurately told me afterwards, started FOR HIMSELF.
Debby was very good to me, for she never stopped to scold, but laid me down on the old sofa, and bound up my poor little feet with oil and cotton wool.
He took a large cotton bag from a shelf, put it on his head, and pulled it far down to his very nose.
A graceful, elegantly-formed young man stood by her, carelessly leaning one elbow on a bale of cotton.
Peggotty knowing nothing about her, and my mother saying nothing about her, she was quite a mystery in the parlour; and the fact of her having a magazine of jewellers' cotton in her pocket, and sticking the article in her ears in that way, did not detract from the solemnity of her presence.
Their one object seemed to be to plant nothing but cotton; and in many cases cotton was planted up to the very door of the cabin.
She cut squares of cotton cloth and we sewed them together into a book.
sat upon the throne, there lived a learned gentleman called Sir Robert Bruce Cotton.