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English Dictionary: cotton by the DICT Development Group
3 results for cotton
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. soft silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw state
    Synonym(s): cotton, cotton fiber, cotton wool
  2. fabric woven from cotton fibers
  3. erect bushy mallow plant or small tree bearing bolls containing seeds with many long hairy fibers
    Synonym(s): cotton, cotton plant
  4. thread made of cotton fibers
  1. take a liking to; "cotton to something"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Cotton \Cot"ton\, v. i.
      1. To rise with a regular nap, as cloth does. [Obs.]
                     It cottons well; it can not choose but bear A pretty
                     nap.                                                   --Family of
      2. To go on prosperously; to succeed. [Obs.]
                     New, Hephestion, does not this matter cotton as I
                     would?                                                --Lyly.
      3. To unite; to agree; to make friends; -- usually followed
            by with. [Colloq.]
                     A quarrel will end in one of you being turned off,
                     in which case it will not be easy to cotton with
                     another.                                             --Swift.
                     Didst see, Frank, how the old goldsmith cottoned in
                     with his beggarly companion?               --Sir W.
      4. To take a liking to; to stick to one as cotton; -- used
            with to. [Slang]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Cotton \Cot"ton\ (k[ocr]t"t'n), n. [F. coton, Sp. algodon the
      cotton plant and its wool, coton printed cotton, cloth, fr.
      Ar. qutun, alqutun, cotton wool. Cf. {Acton}, {Hacqueton}.]
      1. A soft, downy substance, resembling fine wool, consisting
            of the unicellular twisted hairs which grow on the seeds
            of the cotton plant. Long-staple cotton has a fiber
            sometimes almost two inches long; short-staple, from two
            thirds of an inch to an inch and a half.
      2. The cotton plant. See {Cotten plant}, below.
      3. Cloth made of cotton.
      Note: Cotton is used as an adjective before many nouns in a
               sense which commonly needs no explanation; as, cotton
               bagging; cotton cloth; cotton goods; cotton industry;
               cotton mill; cotton spinning; cotton tick.
      {Cotton cambric}. See {Cambric}, n., 2.
      {Cotton flannel}, the manufactures' name for a heavy cotton
            fabric, twilled, and with a long plush nap. In England it
            is called swan's-down cotton, or Canton flannel.
      {Cotton gin}, a machine to separate the seeds from cotton,
            invented by Eli Whitney.
      {Cotton grass} (Bot.), a genus of plants ({Eriphorum}) of the
            Sedge family, having delicate capillary bristles
            surrounding the fruit (seedlike achenia), which elongate
            at maturity and resemble tufts of cotton.
      {Cotton mouse} (Zool.), a field mouse ({Hesperomys
            gossypinus}), injurious to cotton crops.
      {Cotton plant} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Gossypium}, of
            several species, all growing in warm climates, and bearing
            the cotton of commerce. The common species, originally
            Asiatic, is {G. herbaceum}.
      {Cotton press}, a building and machinery in which cotton
            bales are compressed into smaller bulk for shipment; a
            press for baling cotton.
      {Cotton rose} (Bot.), a genus of composite herbs ({Filago}),
            covered with a white substance resembling cotton.
      {Cotton scale} (Zo[94]l.), a species of bark louse
            ({Pulvinaria innumerabilis}), which does great damage to
            the cotton plant.
      {Cotton shrub}. Same as Cotton plant.
      {Cotton stainer} (Zo[94]l.), a species of hemipterous insect
            ({Dysdercus suturellus}), which seriously damages growing
            cotton by staining it; -- called also {redbug}.
      {Cotton thistle} (Bot.), the Scotch thistle. See under
      {Cotton velvet}, velvet in which the warp and woof are both
            of cotton, and the pile is of silk; also, velvet made
            wholly of cotton.
      {Cotton waste}, the refuse of cotton mills.
      {Cotton wool}, cotton in its raw or woolly state.
      {Cotton worm} (Zool.), a lepidopterous insect ({Aletia
            argillacea}), which in the larval state does great damage
            to the cotton plant by eating the leaves. It also feeds on
            corn, etc., and hence is often called {corn worm}, and
            {Southern army worm}.
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