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Definition of Cotton


  1. 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.
  2. The cotton plant. See Cotten plant, below.
  3. Cloth made of cotton.
  4. To rise with a regular nap, as cloth does.
  5. To go on prosperously; to succeed.
  6. To unite; to agree; to make friends; -- usually followed by with.
  7. To take a liking to; to stick to one as cotton; -- used with to.

Cotton Quotations

Okra is the closest thing to nylon I've ever eaten. It's like they bred cotton with a green bean. Okra, tastes like snot. The more you cook it, the more it turns into string.
Robin Williams

I am also the product of a place called Paint Creek. Doesn't have a zip code. It's too small to be called a town along the rolling plains of Texas. We grew dryland cotton and wheat, and when I wasn't farming or attending Paint Creek Rural School, I was generally over at Troop 48 working on my Eagle Scout award.
Rick Perry

It's got to be the ballot or the bullet. The ballot or the bullet. If you're afraid to use an expression like that, you should get back in the cotton patch, you should get back in the alley.
Malcolm X

I wish they'd had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would've been straightened out.
Jimi Hendrix

I would rather drudge out my life on a cotton plantation, till the grave opened to give me rest, than to live with an unprincipled master and a jealous mistress.
Harriet Ann Jacobs
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Cotton Translations

cotton in Danish is bomuld
cotton in Dutch is katoenen weefsel, katoen
cotton in Finnish is puuvilla
cotton in French is coton
cotton in Italian is cotone
cotton in Norwegian is bomull
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