cotton ( 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.
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. (AM) 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. (BRIT) INFORMAL
(=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. (AM) 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.
in AM, use Q-tip
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.
in BRIT, use candyfloss
Cotton wool is a soft mass of cotton, used especially for applying liquids or creams to your skin.
in AM, use cotton