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DROSS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dross mean? 

DROSS (noun)
  The noun DROSS has 2 senses:

1. worthless or dangerous material that should be removed
2. the scum formed by oxidation at the surface of molten metals

  Familiarity information: DROSS used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DROSS (noun)


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Meaning:

Worthless or dangerous material that should be removed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

dross; impurity

Context example:

there were impurities in the water

Hypernyms ("dross" is a kind of...):

waste; waste material; waste matter; waste product (any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted)


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Meaning:

The scum formed by oxidation at the surface of molten metals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

scoria; slag; dross

Hypernyms ("dross" is a kind of...):

scum (a film of impurities or vegetation that can form on the surface of a liquid)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dross"):

basic slag (slag produced in making steel; low in silica but having large amounts of calcium phosphate; useful as fertilizer)


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