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Meaning of DROSS

Pronunciation:  dros

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  worthless material that should be removed; "there were impurities in the water"
  2. [n]  the scum formed by oxidation at the surface of molten metals

DROSS is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: impurity, scoria, slag
 See Also: basic slag, scum, waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dross\, n. [AS. dros, fr. dre['o]san to fall. See
1. The scum or refuse matter which is thrown off, or falls
   from, metals in smelting the ore, or in the process of
   melting; recrement.

2. Rust of metals. [R.] --Addison.

3. Waste matter; any worthless matter separated from the
   better part; leavings; dregs; refuse.

         All world's glory is but dross unclean. --Spenser.

         At the devil's booth are all things sold, Each ounce
         of dross coats its ounce of gold.     --Lowell.

Easton Bible Dictionary

the impurities of silver separated from the one in the process of melting (Prov. 25:4; 26:23; Ps. 119:119). It is also used to denote the base metal itself, probably before it is smelted, in Isa. 1:22, 25.

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