American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Waste or impure matter: discarded the dross after recycling the wood pulp.
- n. The scum that forms on the surface of molten metal as a result of oxidation.
- n. Worthless, commonplace, or trivial matter: "He was wide-awake and his mind worked clearly, purged of all dross” ( Vladimir Nabokov).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Refuse or impure or foreign matter which separates from a liquid and falls to the bottom or rises to the top, as in wine or oil or in molten metal; sediment; lees; dregs; scum; any refuse or waste matter, as chaff; especially, and now chiefly, the slag, scales, or cinders thrown off from molten metal.
- n. In galvano-elect., an alloy of zinc and iron formed in the zinc-bath, partly by the solvent action of the zinc on the iron of the pot, but chiefly from the iron articles dipped, and from the dripping off of the superfluous amalgam as they come from the bath.
- n. Figuratively, a worthless thing; the valueless remainder of a once valued thing.
- To remove dross from.
- To convert (lead) into dross or protoxid by melting in an oxidizing atmosphere. The operation is usually accomplished in a reverberatory furnace.
- n. Waste or impure matter
- n. Worthless or trivial matter
- n. Residue that forms on the surface of a metal from oxidation
- n. The impurities in metal
- n. A waste product from working with metal
- v. transitive To remove dross from.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The scum or refuse matter which is thrown off, or falls from, metals in smelting the ore, or in the process of melting; recrement.
- n. rare Rust of metals.
- n. Waste matter; any worthless matter separated from the better part; leavings; dregs; refuse.
- n. worthless or dangerous material that should be removed
- n. the scum formed by oxidation at the surface of molten metals
- From Middle English drosse, dros, from Old English drōs, an apocopated variant of Old English drōsna, drōsne ("a ground, sediment, lees, dregs, dirt, ear wax"), from Proto-Germanic *drōhsnōn ("yeast, sediment"; compare Proto-Germanic *dragjō (“yeast”)), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrak-, *dʰrag- (“sediment, yeast”). Cognate with Scots dros, drose, drosse ("small particles, fragments, dross"), Middle Dutch droes ("dregs"), Dutch droesem ("dregs"), German Drusen ("lees, dregs"), Latin fracēs ("grounds or dregs of oil"). Related also to drast, dregs. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English dros, from Old English drōs, dregs. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A good question at the moment might be whether 20% could be saved by cutting the deadwood dross from the top and de-ranking.”
“The challenge then is to separate the dross from the gold and refine what remains.”
“This dross is typical of the MS-centric drivel found on Sympatico-MSN.”
“Often, the dross is expunged when excitement fades, leaving the fine kernel behind.”
“When the dross is taken from the gold of the Christian, he will be for ever delivered from the furnace of trial.”
“The expression carries in it a plain allusion to the refiner's art, in which the fire separates and distinguishes the dross from the gold and silver; as it also will silver and gold and precious stones, that will endure the fire, from wood and hay and stubble, that will be consumed in it.”
“Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer, Prov. xxv.”
“God sent them into captivity, not as dross is put into the fire to be consumed, but as gold to be refined.”
“This is called taking away the dross from the silver, which is done by the force of fire.”
“... just sitting back and waiting for the dross from the Obama bin Lyin 'lemmings ....”
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