Definition of Cotton

1. Noun. Soft silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw state.

Exact synonyms: Cotton Fiber, Cotton Wool
Substance meronyms: Cushioning, Padding
Specialized synonyms: Absorbent Cotton, Long-staple Cotton, Short-staple Cotton
Generic synonyms: Plant Fiber, Plant Fibre
Derivative terms: Cottony

2. Verb. Take a liking to. "Cotton to something"
Generic synonyms: Like

3. Noun. Fabric woven from cotton fibers.
Generic synonyms: Cloth, Fabric, Material, Textile
Specialized synonyms: Gauze, Gauze Bandage
Terms within: Cotton Fiber, Cotton Wool

4. Noun. Erect bushy mallow plant or small tree bearing bolls containing seeds with many long hairy fibers.

5. Noun. Thread made of cotton fibers.
Specialized synonyms: Lisle, Lisle Thread
Generic synonyms: Thread, Yarn

Definition of Cotton

1. n. 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. v. i. To rise with a regular nap, as cloth does.

Definition of Cotton

1. Proper noun. The name of several settlements around the world ¹

2. Proper noun. (surname habitational from=Old English) ¹

3. Proper noun. (surname from=Hebrew) ¹

4. Noun. A plant that encases its seed in a thin fiber that is harvested and used as a fabric or cloth. ¹

5. Noun. A type of plant used as a source of cotton fiber. ¹

6. Noun. (textiles) The textile made from the fiber harvested from the cotton plant. ¹

7. Noun. An item of clothing made from cotton. ¹

8. Adjective. Made of cotton. ¹

9. Verb. To get on with someone or something; to have a good relationship with someone. ¹

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Definition of Cotton

1. to take a liking [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Cotton

1. Any of the cultivated varieties of gossypium, herbs or shrubs of the malvaceae family that yield fibre for textiles and absorbent dressings, oil from seeds, and various chemicals. The fibres cause byssinosis if inhaled over a period. Gossypol is a male anti-fertility agent from cottonseed oil. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cotton

cotton (current term)
cotton-dust asthma
cotton-fibre embolism
cotton-mill fever
cotton-root bark
cotton-seed tree
cotton-wool patches
cotton-wool spots
cotton ball
cotton boll
cotton bolls

Literary usage of Cotton

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"A provision In the contract, that tbe cotton •hould be at the risk of the ... These cases involved the right to the proceeds of 572 bales of cotton, ..."

2. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1867)
"A review of the researches on the production, properties, and composition of gun-cotton hitherto published, and a brief examination into the probable causes ..."

3. Harper's New Monthly Magazine by Henry Mills Alden (1854)
"But, strange inconsistency of the human heart, cotton and its triumphs in be-half of the happiness of mankind is comparatively an.unattractive theme. ..."

4. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register by Henry Fritz-Gilbert Waters (1850)
"Leonard cotton, Gentlemen, son of Reverend Thomas cotton, married Alicia Lisle, ... Thomas cotton, of Brunswick, married the widow of Isaac Hinckley, ..."

5. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1879)
"The parts which chiefly concern the readers of the Journal are the articles on the Chemistry of cotton, prepared by JB McBryde and WH Beal, and the feeding ..."

6. Bulletin by United States Bureau of Labor, United States Office of Education (1912)
"Again the quotation is from the museum's catalogue, including the brief descriptions: cotton. 1. Map of United States, showing cotton ..."

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