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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Always soft and fuzzed with pocket lint, they would sit on his tongue like dry bitter cotton.
▪ He picked lint from his pants, rolled it into a ball, and flicked it across the room.
▪ He was tapping his foot impatiently, picking imaginary specks of lint from the sleeve of his coat.
▪ It's a bandage, it's a sticking-plaster, it's lint, it's gauze, it's cream.
▪ Place a small towel or a piece of lint or soft fabric on top of the water.
▪ She flicked the lint from her hand and it fell to the carpet.
▪ The discharged sheet is much easier to manage and does not attract dust and lint.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lint \Lint\ (l[i^]nt), n. [AS. l[=i]net flax, hemp, fr. l[=i]n flax; or, perh. borrowed fr. L. linteum a linen cloth, linen, from linteus linen, a., fr. linum flax, lint. See Linen.]

  1. Flax.

  2. Linen scraped or otherwise made into a soft, downy or fleecy substance for dressing wounds and sores; also, fine ravelings, down, fluff, or loose short fibers from yarn or fabrics.

    Lint doctor (Calico-printing Mach.), a scraper to remove lint from a printing cylinder.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "flax prepared for spinning," also "refuse of flax used as kindling," somehow from the source of Old English lin "flax" (see linen), perhaps from or by influence of Middle French linette "grain of flax," diminutive of lin "flax," from Latin linum "flax, linen;" Klein suggests from Latin linteum "linen cloth," neuter of adjective linteus. Later "flax refuse used as tinder or for dressing wounds" (c.1400). Still used for "flax" in Scotland in Burns' time. Applied in American English to stray cotton fluff.


n. 1 a fine material made by scraping cotton or linen cloth; used for dressing wounds 2 clinging fuzzy fluff that accumulates in one's pockets or navel etc 3 the fibrous coat of thick hairs covering the seeds of the cotton plant

  1. n. fine ravellings of cotton or linen fibers

  2. cotton or linen fabric with the nap raised on one side; used to dress wounds

Lint (software)

In computer programming, lint is a Unix utility that flags some suspicious and non-portable constructs (likely to be bugs) in C language source code; generically, lint or a linter is any tool that flags suspicious usage in software written in any computer language. The term lint-like behavior is sometimes applied to the process of flagging suspicious language usage. Lint-like tools generally perform static analysis of source code.

Lint as a term can also refer more broadly to syntactic discrepancies in general, especially in interpreted languages like JavaScript and Python. For example, modern lint checkers are often used to find code that doesn't correspond to certain style guidelines. They can also be used as simple debuggers for common errors, or hard to find errors such as heisenbugs.


Lint may mean:

  • Fibrous coat of thick hairs covering the seeds of the cotton plant
  • Lint (material), an accumulation of fluffy fibers that collect on fabric
    • Navel lint, an accumulation of fluffy fibres in one's navel

Lint may also refer to:

Lint (material)

Lint is the common name for visible accumulations of textile fibers and other materials, usually found on and around clothing. Certain materials used in the manufacture of clothing, such as cotton, linen, and wool, contain numerous, very short fibers bundled together. During the course of normal wear, these fibers may either detach or be jostled out of the weave of which they are part. This is the reason that heavily used articles like shirts and towels become thin over time, and why these particles collect in the lint screen of a clothes dryer. Because of their low surface area, static cling causes fibers that have detached from an article of clothing to continue to stick to one another and to that article or other surfaces with which they come in contact. Other small fibers or particles also accumulate with these clothing fibers, including human and animal hair and skin cells, plant fibers, and pollen, dust, and microorganisms. The etymology of the modern word "lint" is related to "linting", the term used for the cultivation of the shorter fibers from the cotton plant ( Gossypium), also called "lint", from which lower-quality cotton products are manufactured. Lint is composed of threads of all colors, which blend hues and may appear to be a uniform grey.

Usage examples of "lint".

They would be trying to breathe things like acetone, while getting along without things like phosphorus and smothering in things like earwax and belly-button lint.

Ayla slipped off her mittens and squatted down over a small pile of fireweed lint and crushed dung.

Chaypas ertoe naar binnen te komen, weg van het voetverkeer, zodat haar linten niet door anderen van haar soort zouden worden gezien voordat hij de kans had de markt op te springen.

Manuzhai had de krans van bloemen en linten gemaakt die Sofia om haar hoofd droeg, met lange linten in veel kleuren die in de kroon waren geweven en overal om haar heen tot op de grond vielen.

Bay of Funchal--there was not so much as a powder-boy but could understand every word that I said, whereas on shore there is many a great jolterhead, like thyself, who might be a Portugee for all the English that he knows, and who stares at me like a pig in a hurricane if I do lint ask him what he makes the reckoning, or how many bells have gone.

Wilson sat at a serger sewing machine in the middle of the first river of workers, working on a batch of red shirts and sending red lint swirling up to join the cloud hovering above her, and never slowing, never stopping, because time was money and money was important.

The place stank of retting vats and dyestuffs, and one could not pass through the castle without sneez-i ng from dust and fluff and getting covered with lint and fuz2 and down.

Time itself in its passage had left a cigarette burn on the table, torn a hole in the cushion of a chair, ripped the sofa, scratched the coffee tables and the walls and the doors a thousand times, deposited loesses of dirt and lint in the covers and under the bed.

They were full of the usual assortment of small change, paperclips, lint and canceled movie tickets.

Herbert's wounds, covered with compresses and lint, were pressed neither too much nor too little, so as to cause their cicatrization without effecting any inflammatory reaction.

Reverend Weeb smiled avuncularly and flicked the lint off his raspberry lapels.

THE ROAD TO OMAHA 221 "Nice touch, the limousines," said Doozie, dusting a speck of lint off the family crest on his jacket.

The data being analyzed by the onboard E LINT crew was downlinked to Anzio and the rest of the escorts for Task Group C OMEDY , as the sailors had taken to calling the four Bob Hopes and their escorts.

These were 1) use of liquid filtrates which were usually applied using lint or other absorbent material.

There were two chairs in the same pattern as the sofa, and the green area rug showed not a speck of dust or lint.