oxford views updated May 14 2018
dross / drôs; dräs/ •
n. something regarded as worthless; rubbish: there are bargains if you have the patience to sift through the dross. ∎ foreign matter, dregs, or mineral waste, in particular scum formed on the surface of molten metal.DERIVATIVES: dross·y adj.
oxford views updated May 17 2018
scum thrown off from metals in smelting OE.; dreggy matter, refuse XIV. OE. drōs
= MDu. droes(e)
dregs; cf. OE. drōsna
(gen. pl.), MLG. drōsem
, (M)Du. droesen(e)
), OHG. truosana
) dregs, lees.