dross [drɔs US dra:s, dro:s] n [U]
[: Old English; Origin: dros]
1.) something that is of very low quality
Most of the poems were pretentious dross.
2.) waste or useless substances
gold with impurities or dross

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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  • dross — ● dross nom masculin (anglais dross, déchet) Populaire. Résidu laissé par l opium une fois qu une pipe a été fumée. ⇒DROSS, subst. masc. Résidu provenant de la combustion de l opium. Il faudrait fumer douze pipes pour récupérer l effet d une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • dross|y — «DRS ee, DROS », adjective, dross|i|er, dross|i|est. having or containing dross; like dross; impure …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dross — (dr[o^]s; 115), n. [AS. dros, fr. dre[ o]san to fall. See {Dreary}.] 1. The scum or refuse matter which is thrown off, or falls from, metals in smelting the ore, or in the process of melting; recrement. [1913 Webster] 2. Rust of metals. [R.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dross — [ dras ] noun uncount something that is of very poor quality: I d rather turn the radio off than listen to this dross …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dross — dross·er; dross; …   English syllables

  • Dross — Dross. См. Шлак. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • dross — dirt, dregs, O.E. dros the scum thrown off from metals in smelting, from P.Gmc. *drohs (Cf. M.Du. droes, Du. droesem, M.L.G. dros, O.H.G. truosana, Ger. Drusen dregs, husks ), from PIE dher (1) to make muddy. Meaning refuse, rubbish is mid 15c …   Etymology dictionary

  • dross — ► NOUN 1) rubbish. 2) scum on the surface of molten metal. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • dross — [drôs, dräs] n. [ME & OE dros, dregs, akin to dærst & ON dregg, DREGS] 1. a scum formed on the surface of molten metal 2. waste matter; worthless stuff; rubbish drossiness n. drossy adj. drossier, drossiest …   English World dictionary

  • Dross — For the Austrian municipality, see Droß. Aluminium dross Dross is a mass of solid impurities floating on a molten metal. It appears usually on the melting of low melting point metals or alloys such as tin, lead, zinc …   Wikipedia

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