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.

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.

cot′ton wool′


n.
cotton in its raw state.
[1590–1600]
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
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.
Shall I put you up a little cotton wool with the laudanum?
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.
The characteristics of our romantic are to understand everything, to see everything and to see it often incomparably more clearly than our most realistic minds see it; to refuse to accept anyone or anything, but at the same time not to despise anything; to give way, to yield, from policy; never to lose sight of a useful practical object (such as rent-free quarters at the government expense, pensions, decorations), to keep their eye on that object through all the enthusiasms and volumes of lyrical poems, and at the same time to preserve "the sublime and the beautiful" inviolate within them to the hour of their death, and to preserve themselves also, incidentally, like some precious jewel wrapped in cotton wool if only for the benefit of "the sublime and the beautiful.
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.
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