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

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) Unabridged
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lint (lɪnt)
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]

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Word Origin & History

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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[from Unix's `lint(1)', named for the bits of fluff it supposedly picks from programs]
1. vt. To examine a program closely for style, language usage, and portability problems, esp. if in C, esp. if via use of automated analysis tools, most esp. if the Unix utility `lint(1)' is used. This term used to be restricted to use of `lint(1)' itself, but (judging by references on Usenet) it has become a shorthand for desk check at some non-Unix shops, even in languages other than C. Also as v. delint.
2. n. Excess verbiage in a document, as in "This draft has too much lint".
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