Dross

Dross

(drs; 115), n. [AS. dros, fr. dresan 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.
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2. Rust of metals. [R.] Addison.
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3. Waste matter; any worthless matter separated from the better part; leavings; dregs; refuse.
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All world's glory is but dross unclean.
Spenser.
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At the devil's booth are all things sold,
Each ounce of dross coats its ounce of gold.
Lowell.
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