from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various shrubby plants of the genus Gossypium, having showy flowers and grown for the soft white downy fibers surrounding oil-rich seeds.
- n. The fiber of any of these plants, used in making textiles and other products.
- n. Thread or cloth manufactured from the fiber of these plants.
- n. The crop of these plants.
- n. Any of various soft downy substances produced by other plants, as on the seeds of a cottonwood.
- intransitive v. Informal To take a liking; attempt to be friendly: a dog that didn't cotton to strangers; an administration that will cotton up to the most repressive of regimes.
- intransitive v. Informal To come to understand. Often used with to or onto: "The German bosses . . . never cottoned to such changes” ( N.R. Kleinfield).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A plant that encases its seed in a thin fiber that is harvested and used as a fabric or cloth.
- n. A type of plant used as a source of cotton fiber.
- n. The textile made from the fiber harvested from the cotton plant.
- n. An item of clothing made from cotton.
- adj. Made of cotton.
- v. To get on with someone or something; to have a good relationship with someone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- n. The cotton plant. See Cotten plant, below.
- n. Cloth made of cotton.
- intransitive v. To rise with a regular nap, as cloth does.
- intransitive v. To go on prosperously; to succeed.
- intransitive v. To unite; to agree; to make friends; -- usually followed by with.
- intransitive v. To take a liking to; to stick to one as cotton; -- used with to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The white fibrous substance clothing the seeds of the cotton-plant (Gossypium). See cut under cotton-plant.
- n. Cloth made of cotton.
- n. Thread made of cotton: as, a spool of cotton contains 200 yards.
- n. The wick of a candle.
- n. The cotton-plant; cotton-plants collectively.
- Made of cotton; consisting of cotton: as, cotton cloth.
- To rise with a nap, like cotton.
- To envelop in cotton; hence, to coddle; make much of.
- To agree; suit; fit or go well together.
- To become closely or intimately associated (with); acquire a strong liking (for); take (to): absolutely or with to, formerly with.
- n. Same as Kafir *cotton.
- n. See cotton-weed, 3.
- n. Same as Natal *cotton .
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fabric woven from cotton fibers
- v. take a liking to
- n. soft silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw state
- n. erect bushy mallow plant or small tree bearing bolls containing seeds with many long hairy fibers
- n. thread made of cotton fibers
Vermont, in the year following, the _cotton gin_ was invented, and an unparalleled impulse given to the cultivation of cotton.
_A cotton and silk umbrella_ means one umbrella partly cotton and partly silk; _cotton_ and _silk_ modify the same noun -- _umbrella_.
-- _A cotton and a silk umbrella_ means two umbrellas -- one cotton and the other silk; the word umbrella is understood after _cotton_.
Peel then pointed out peculiar and decisive distinctions between the case of sugar, and that of cotton, tobacco, and coffee; that, though all of them were the produce of slave labour -- First, we cannot now reject the _cotton_ of the United States, without endangering to the last degree the manufacturing prosperity of the kingdom.
The cheapest and best covering of a bed, for Winter, is a _cotton comforter_, made to contain three or four pounds of cotton, laid in batts or sheets, between covers tacked together at regular intervals.
And, on every such motion, we shall hear repeated, as we have done already, the same objections: that it will ruin trade and commerce; that it will destroy the revenue, and prostrate the navy; that it will enhance the prices of articles of the first necessity, and thus be taxing the poor; and that it will destroy the cotton market, _and stop the future growth of cotton_. "
In the audition videos, most girls failed to fully enunciate the word "cotton," she says.
As the cotton is usually the property of English purchasers who have ordered it beforehand in exchange for their cargoes of English manufactured goods, this
The EDP reports on the Tory candidate's unwillingness to take part on live debates and hints that the BBC East debate which the Tories signed up for and which has been plugged by the BBC for the last fortnight may have to be pulled because Tory candidate Chloe Smith is being "wrapped in cotton wool" and kept from debating issues.
In terms of Kinsella's example, the technique to harvest cotton is not a scarce resource, but the effort expended to develop that technique is a scarce resource.