English-born American cleric who was vicar of Saint Botolphs Church in England until he was summoned to court for his Puritanism. He fled to Boston, Massachusetts, where he became a civil and religious leader.
a. Any of various shrubby plants of the genus Gossypium, having showy flowers and grown for the soft white downy fibers surrounding oil-rich seeds.
b. The fiber of any of these plants, used in making textiles and other products.
c. Thread or cloth manufactured from the fiber of these plants.
2. The crop of these plants.
3. Any of various soft downy substances produced by other plants, as on the seeds of a cottonwood.
intr.v.cot·toned, cot·ton·ing, cot·tonsInformal
1. To take a liking; attempt to be friendly: a dog that didnt cotton to strangers; an administration that will cotton up to the most repressive of regimes.
2. To come to understand. Often used with to or onto:The German bosses . . . never cottoned to such changes(N.R. Kleinfield).
[Middle English cotoun, from Old French coton, from Old Italian cotone, from Arabic qun, quun; see qn in Semitic roots.]
cotton /ktn/ n. [U] 1 a plant whose seeds are covered with soft, white fiber that is made into thread and cloth 2 cloth made from this fiber: His shirts are made of cotton.phrasal v.insep. [T] to cotton to s.o. or s.t.: to like s.o. or s.t.: Cowboys cotton to cowgirls.