Dross (?), n. [AS. dros, fr. dreosan 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.

2.

Rust of metals.

[R.]

Addison.

3.

Waste matter; any worthless matter separated from the better part; leavings; dregs; refuse.

All world's glory is but dross unclean. Spenser.

At the devil's booth are all things sold, Each ounce of dross coats its ounce of gold. Lowell.

 

© Webster 1913.

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