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dross

[draws, dros] /drɔs, drɒs/
noun
1.
waste matter; refuse.
2.
Metallurgy. a waste product taken off molten metal during smelting, essentially metallic in character.
3.
British. coal of little value.
Origin of dross
1050
before 1050; Middle English dros(se), Old English drōs; cognate with Middle Dutch droes dregs; compare Middle English drōsen, Old English drōsna; cognate with Middle High German truosen husks
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Examples from the Web for dross
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  • Gold or dross, it seemed to matter little; it had melted from them, burning their hands.

    The Furnace Rose Macaulay
  • You are above all this, and can look down at it as dross, and I like you for that also.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • These form a cavity for the reception of the iron and dross, when melted above.

  • But less of this happened, we may feel sure, than a purging away of the dross.

    The Balladists John Geddie
  • She always gives it to us mixed with the stuff that weakens it—this dross and brimstone.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • But there is rapture in the cup—there is the vision which makes all life below it dross for ever.

    Romola George Eliot
  • Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.

    Fanny, the Flower-Girl Selina Bunbury
  • To be in harmony with the lonely dead there must be no dross about the mind.

    The Wind Bloweth Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • "Stump up the dross like a man, then, and don't stand whining there like a sucking turkey craving for pity," retorted Captain S——.

    Looking Seaward Again Walter Runciman
  • Well, what signifies which of us has the dross, so that there is enough for both?

British Dictionary definitions for dross

dross

/drɒs/
noun
1.
the scum formed, usually by oxidation, on the surfaces of molten metals
2.
worthless matter; waste
Derived Forms
drossy, adjective
drossiness, noun
Word Origin
Old English drōs dregs; related to Old High German truosana
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Word Origin and History for dross
n.

"dirt, dregs," Old English dros "the scum thrown off from metals in smelting," from Proto-Germanic *drohs- (cf. Middle Dutch droes, Dutch droesem, Middle Low German dros, Old High German truosana, German Drusen "dregs, husks"), from PIE dher- (1) "to make muddy." Meaning "refuse, rubbish" is mid-15c.

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dross in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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