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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
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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  • The dross has been burned away and what remains is the essential character.
  • Compared to the dancing silhouettes, this is pure dross.
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  • And the better prices may encourage others finally to consider selling their unwanted dross.
  • Their investments in stocks and real estate, which still looked golden in the spring, had turned to dross by autumn.
  • The sheer number of business books means that the diamonds shine rarely in a mound of dross.
  • Given the requisite talent and ambition, it's always possible to spin gold out of dross and thereby convert pain into art.
  • Peer review should remain the gold standard, but there is more in the world than gold and dross.
  • The humanities, including law and education, are left with the dross.
  • The list of golden contenders who turned to dross once they contended is long.
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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