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  ( cottons    plural & 3rd person present)   ( cottoning    present participle)   ( cottoned    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-mass   Cotton is a type of cloth made from soft fibres from a particular plant.  
oft N n  
...a cotton shirt.     
2       n-uncount   Cotton is a plant which is grown in warm countries and which produces soft fibres used in making cotton cloth.  
...a large cotton plantation in Tennessee.     
3       n-mass   Cotton is thread that is used for sewing, especially thread that is made from cotton.  
  (mainly BRIT)  
There's a needle and cotton there.     
in AM, use thread     
4       n-uncount   Cotton or absorbent cotton is a soft mass of cotton, used especially for applying liquids or creams to your skin.  
in BRIT, use cotton wool      cotton on      phrasal verb   If you cotton onto something, you understand it or realize it, especially without people telling you about it.  
(=catch on)  

She had already cottoned on to the fact that the nanny was not all she appeared...      V P to n  
It wasn't until he started laughing that they cottoned on!      V P   cotton to      phrasal verb   If you cotton to someone or something, you start to like them.  
INFORMAL   no passive  
His style of humor was very human, and that's why people cotton to him...      V P n  
It seemed to me that I was being shut out of the dialogue and that's something I just don't cotton to.      V P n  

cotton bud        ( cotton buds    plural  ) A cotton bud is a small stick with a ball of cotton wool at each end, which people use, for example, for applying make-up.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
in AM, use Q-tip     
cotton candy     
Cotton candy is a large pink or white mass of sugar threads that is eaten from a stick. It is sold at fairs or other outdoor events.  
  (AM)      n-uncount  
in BRIT, use candyfloss     
cotton wool     
Cotton wool is a soft mass of cotton, used especially for applying liquids or creams to your skin.  
  (BRIT)      n-uncount  
in AM, use cotton     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
a heavy cotton fabric of plain weave; used for clothing or tents
also known as "cotton duck" or "duck canvas"
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