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lint

1. an absorbent cotton or linen fabric with the nap raised on one side, used to dress wounds, etc.
2. shreds of fibre, yarn, etc.
3. Chiefly US staple fibre for making cotton yarn

lint

[lint]
(materials)
During the first stage of processing cotton, the fiber that is separated from the seeds in a cotton gin.

lint

A Unix C language processor which carries out more thorough checks on the code than is usual with C compilers.

Lint is named after the bits of fluff it supposedly picks from programs. Judging by references on Usenet this term has become a shorthand for desk check at some non-Unix shops, even in languages other than C. Also used as delint.