Dross (?), n. [AS. dros, fr. dreosan to fall. See Dreary.]


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


Rust of metals.




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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