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Meaning of COTTON

Pronunciation:  'kâtn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  fabric woven from cotton fibers
  2. [n]  thread made of cotton fibers
  3. [n]  erect bushy mallow plant or small tree bearing bolls containing seeds with many long hairy fibers
  4. [n]  silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw state
  5. [v]  take a liking to; "cotton to something"

COTTON is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: cotton cloth, cotton plant, cotton wool
 See Also: absorbent cotton, Arizona wild cotton, bush, cloth, cotton, cotton, cotton cloth, cotton wool, cottonseed, cushioning, Egyptian cotton, fabric, gauze, gauze bandage, genus Gossypium, Gossypium, Gossypium arboreum, Gossypium barbadense, Gossypium herbaceum, Gossypium hirsutum, Gossypium peruvianum, Gossypium thurberi, Levant cotton, like, lisle, material, padding, Peruvian cotton, plant fiber, plant fibre, sea island cotton, shrub, textile, thread, tree cotton, upland cotton, wild cotton, yarn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cot"ton\ (k[o^]t"t'n), n. [F. coton, Sp. algodon the
    cotton plant and its wool, coton printed cotton, cloth, fr.
    Ar. qutun, alqutun, cotton wool. Cf. {Acton}, {Hacqueton}.]
    1. A soft, downy substance, resembling fine wool, consisting
       of the unicellular twisted hairs which grow on the seeds
       of the cotton plant. Long-staple cotton has a fiber
       sometimes almost two inches long; short-staple, from two
       thirds of an inch to an inch and a half.
    2. The cotton plant. See {Cotten plant}, below.
    3. Cloth made of cotton.
    Note: Cotton is used as an adjective before many nouns in a
          sense which commonly needs no explanation; as, cotton
          bagging; cotton cloth; cotton goods; cotton industry;
          cotton mill; cotton spinning; cotton tick.
    {Cotton cambric}. See {Cambric}, n., 2.
    {Cotton flannel}, the manufactures' name for a heavy cotton
       fabric, twilled, and with a long plush nap. In England it
       is called swan's-down cotton, or Canton flannel.
    {Cotton gin}, a machine to separate the seeds from cotton,
       invented by Eli Whitney.
    {Cotton grass} (Bot.), a genus of plants ({Eriphorum}) of the
       Sedge family, having delicate capillary bristles
       surrounding the fruit (seedlike achenia), which elongate
       at maturity and resemble tufts of cotton.
    {Cotton mouse} (Zool.), a field mouse ({Hesperomys
       gossypinus}), injurious to cotton crops.
    {Cotton plant} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Gossypium}, of
       several species, all growing in warm climates, and bearing
       the cotton of commerce. The common species, originally
       Asiatic, is {G. herbaceum}.
    {Cotton press}, a building and machinery in which cotton
       bales are compressed into smaller bulk for shipment; a
       press for baling cotton.
    {Cotton rose} (Bot.), a genus of composite herbs ({Filago}),
       covered with a white substance resembling cotton.
    {Cotton scale} (Zo["o]l.), a species of bark louse
       ({Pulvinaria innumerabilis}), which does great damage to
       the cotton plant.
    {Cotton shrub}. Same as Cotton plant.
    {Cotton stainer} (Zo["o]l.), a species of hemipterous insect
       ({Dysdercus suturellus}), which seriously damages growing
       cotton by staining it; -- called also {redbug}.
    {Cotton thistle} (Bot.), the Scotch thistle. See under
    {Cotton velvet}, velvet in which the warp and woof are both
       of cotton, and the pile is of silk; also, velvet made
       wholly of cotton.
    {Cotton waste}, the refuse of cotton mills.
    {Cotton wool}, cotton in its raw or woolly state.
    {Cotton worm} (Zool.), a lepidopterous insect ({Aletia
       argillacea}), which in the larval state does great damage
       to the cotton plant by eating the leaves. It also feeds on
       corn, etc., and hence is often called {corn worm}, and
       {Southern army worm}.
  2. \Cot"ton\, v. i.
    1. To rise with a regular nap, as cloth does. [Obs.]
             It cottons well; it can not choose but bear A pretty
             nap.                                  --Family of
    2. To go on prosperously; to succeed. [Obs.]
             New, Hephestion, does not this matter cotton as I
             would?                                --Lyly.
    3. To unite; to agree; to make friends; -- usually followed
       by with. [Colloq.]
             A quarrel will end in one of you being turned off,
             in which case it will not be easy to cotton with
             another.                              --Swift.
             Didst see, Frank, how the old goldsmith cottoned in
             with his beggarly companion?          --Sir W.
    4. To take a liking to; to stick to one as cotton; -- used
       with to. [Slang]
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are picking cotton, suggests that you are seeing little benefits from all your long hard work. It may also mean that aspects of yourself are in harmony. Dreaming that you are wearing cotton, symbolizes simplicity.
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