Definition of Dross

1. Noun. Worthless or dangerous material that should be removed. "There were impurities in the water"

Exact synonyms: Impurity
Generic synonyms: Waste, Waste Material, Waste Matter, Waste Product
Derivative terms: Impure



2. Noun. The scum formed by oxidation at the surface of molten metals.
Exact synonyms: Scoria, Slag
Generic synonyms: Scum
Specialized synonyms: Basic Slag

Definition of Dross

1. n. The scum or refuse matter which is thrown off, or falls from, metals in smelting the ore, or in the process of melting; recrement.

Definition of Dross

1. Noun. Waste or impure matter ¹

2. Noun. Worthless or trivial matter ¹

3. Noun. Residue that forms on the surface of a metal from oxidation ¹

4. Noun. The impurities in metal ¹

5. Noun. A waste product from working with metal ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dross

1. waste matter [n -ES]

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Literary usage of Dross

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1. Metallurgy of Lead by Henrich Oscar Hofman (1918)
"The intermediary products in a refinery are formed in working the lead bullion, when it carries precious metal (softening-furnace dross and skimming, ..."

2. The Metallurgy of Lead and the Desilverization of Base Bullion by Henrich Oscar Hofman (1892)
"Refining Skimmings : reduced in reverberatory II. yield lead (either to 12 or sold) and dross ", or smelted with ore in 16. 14. Retort dross : either fed on ..."

3. A Practical Treatise on Metallurgy: Adapted from the Last German Edition of by Sir William Crookes, Bruno Kerl, Ernst Otto Röhring (1868)
"The process of reducing dross is slower than that of reducing litharge, as the dross is more difficult to fuse, and requires some addition of slag; ..."

4. The Metallurgy of Lead & Silver by Henry Francis. Collins (1899)
"After as much lead has melted out as possible, the dry dross floating on the metallic bath is raked off, and a fresh charge of dross ..."

5. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"This is clearly shewn by G. schlacke, ' dross, ... a heap of dross and cinders (Widegren). So called from its flowing over when the metal is fused ; cf. ..."

6. Handbook of Metallurgy by Carl Schnabel (1907)
"... l:— The Methods of Working up Refinery dross The refuse from refining consists of: liquation dross, skimmings and scum from boiling. The dross from the ..."

7. Tin Deposits of the World, with a Chapter on Tin Smelting by Sydney Fawns (1907)
"In refining the metal from slag, whatever process is employed, a. heavy black dross always remains, containing iron oxide and tin oxide. ..."

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