cotton wool


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cotton wool

n.
1. Cotton in its natural or raw state.
2. Chiefly British A cotton ball or a wad of cotton.
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cotton wool

n
1. (Textiles) chiefly Also called: purified cotton Brit bleached and sterilized cotton from which the gross impurities, such as the seeds and waxy matter, have been removed: used for surgical dressings, tampons, etc. Usual US term: absorbent cotton
2. (Textiles) cotton in the natural state
3. informal
a. a state of pampered comfort and protection
b. (as modifier): a cotton-wool existence.
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cot′ton wool′


n.
cotton in its raw state.
[1590–1600]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cotton wool - soft silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw statecotton wool - 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
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Translations
vata
vat
pumpuli
vata
脱脂綿
vata
vata
bomull
สำลี
bông mềm

cotton wool

n (Brit) → cotone m idrofilo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

cotton wool

قُطْن طِبّيّ vata vat Watte ακατέργαστο βαμβάκι algodón, algodón en rama pumpuli ouate vata ovatta 脱脂綿 watten vatt wata algodão hidrófilo вата bomull สำลี pamuk bông mềm 棉絮
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References in classic literature ?
Telephone messages were sent up to the Glen, Doctor Dave and a white-capped nurse came hastily down, Marilla paced the garden walks between the quahog shells, murmuring prayers between her set lips, and Susan sat in the kitchen with cotton wool in her ears and her apron over her head.
Susan got up and took the cotton wool out of her ears.
We put sheets of cotton wool under it for a snow-field, and Jake's pocket-mirror for a frozen lake.
So they wrapped him in cotton wool, and warmed him over a little fire, and he opened his eyes and sneezed.
He looked at the cotton wool, decided that it was not good to eat, ran all round the table, sat up and put his fur in order, scratched himself, and jumped on the small boy's shoulder.
He kept it in cotton wool till the fourteenth an' then I connected.
"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. Nelly, seeing me lie white and weak, thought I was dying, and went over to the neighbor's for Aunt Betsey, and burst in upon the old ladies sitting primly at, their tea, crying, distractedly, " 'Oh, Aunt Betsey, come quick!
"Shall I put you up a little cotton wool with the laudanum?" he asked, after he had placed a label on the bottle, and had written a word on it in large letters.
In the privacy of her own room, she took the bottle from its wrapping, and threw the paper and the cotton wool into the fire-place.
(not at all with a defiant air, but in a low, muffled, neutral tone, as of a voice heard through cotton wool) that she did not wish "to enjoy their good opinion." She was seated, as she observed, on her own brother's hearth, and had been Jane Featherstone five-and-twenty years before she had been Jane Waule, which entitled her to speak when her own brother's name had been made free with by those who had no right to it.
As it rose higher and higher, Geoffrey saw thin strips of cotton wool lightly attached, at intervals, to the back of the paper, so as effectually to prevent it from making a grating sound against the wall.