From Middle English lynet, linet, from Old French linette (“grain of flax”), diminutive of lin (“flax”); or, from Medieval Latin linteum, from Latin līnum (“flax”).
lint (usually uncountable, plural lints)
- A fine material made by scraping cotton or linen cloth; used for dressing wounds.
- Clinging fuzzy fluff that clings to fabric or accumulates in one's pockets or navel etc.
- The fibrous coat of thick hairs covering the seeds of the cotton plant.
- Raw cotton ready for baling.
From the lint Unix utility, written in 1979, which analyses programs written in the C language, itself named after the undesirable bits of fiber and fluff found in sheep's wool (see etymology 1).
lint (third-person singular simple present lints, present participle linting, simple past and past participle linted)
- (transitive, computing) To perform a static check on (source code) to detect stylistic or programmatic errors.