lint

[lint]
noun
1.
minute shreds or ravelings of yarn; bits of thread.
2.
staple cotton fiber used to make yarn.
3.
cotton waste produced by the ginning process.
4.
a soft material for dressing wounds, procured by scraping or otherwise treating linen cloth.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English, variant of linnet; compare Middle French linette linseed, Old English līnet- flax (or flax-field) in līnetwige lintwhite

lintless, adjective
delint, verb (used with object)
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lint (lɪnt)
 
n
1.  an absorbent cotton or linen fabric with the nap raised on one side, used to dress wounds, etc
2.  shreds of fibre, yarn, etc
3.  chiefly (US) staple fibre for making cotton yarn
 
[C14: probably from Latin linteus made of linen, from līnum flax]
 
'linty
 
adj

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lint
late 14c., "flax prepared for spinning," also "refuse of flax used as kindling," somehow from O.E. lin "flax" (see linen), perhaps by infl. of M.Fr. linette "grain of flax," dim. of lin "flax," from L. linum "flax, linen." Later "flax refuse used as tinder or for dressing
wounds" (c.1400). Still used for "flax" in Scot. in Burns' time. Applied in Amer.Eng. to stray cotton fluff.
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lint definition


A Unix C language processor which carries out more thorough checks on the code than is usual with C compilers.
Lint is named after the bits of fluff it supposedly picks from programs. Judging by references on Usenet this term has become a shorthand for desk check at some non-Unix shops, even in languages other than C. Also used as delint.
[Jargon File]
(1994-11-14)

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Example sentences
But there's a certain magic in all of that lint and dandruff and morning breath.
Those included a fear of being slapped on the back or having someone pick lint
  off his clothing.
It goes all the way down to the lint catchers in public laundry facilities.
They can't even take their wallets out of their pockets without a bunch of lint
  and gum wrappers coming out with them.
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