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 (flôs, flŏs)
1. Dental floss.
2. Short or waste silk fibers, especially from the outer surface of the cocoon of a silkworm.
3. Soft, loosely twisted thread, as of silk or cotton, used in embroidery.
4. A downy or silky fibrous substance, such as corn silk or silk cotton.
v. flossed, floss·ing, floss·es
To clean between (teeth) with dental floss.
To use dental floss.

[Perhaps alteration of French floche, tuft of wool, from Old French floc, floche, from Latin floccus.]

floss′er n.


an implement which flosses the teeth or facilitates flossinga person who catches fish illegally using a hook baited with a piece of brightly coloured string attached to a weight. The weight drags the string through the fish's mouth until the hook pierces the mouth from the outside
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Patent and Trademark Office on August 8, 2017 of a new patent covering the company's WELTIP water flosser delivery system.
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Sanderson provided each student with a goodie bag filled with a coloring book, toothbrush, toothpaste, a hand-held flosser and a tooth-size treasure chest for putting lost teeth under a pillow at night.