fine powdery material such as dry earth or pollen that can be blown about in the air
"the furniture was covered with dust"
debris, dust, junk, rubble, detritus(noun)
the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
free microscopic particles of solid material
"astronomers say that the empty space between planets actually contains measurable amounts of dust"
remove the dust from
"dust the cabinets"
rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape
"The artist dusted the charcoal drawing down to a faint image"
cover with a light dusting of a substance
"dust the bread with flour"
scatter, sprinkle, dot, dust, disperse(verb)
"He scattered gun powder under the wagon"
Fine, dry particles of matter found in the air and covering the surface of objects, typically consisting of soil lifted up by the wind, pollen, hair, etc.
The act of cleaning by dusting.
A totally disconnected set of points with a fractal structure.
to remove dust from
The cleaning lady needs a stool to dust the cupboard.
to remove dust; to clean by removing dust
Dusting always makes me cough.
Of a bird, to cover itself in sand or dry, dusty earth
to spray or cover something with fine powder or liquid
The mother dusted her baby's bum with talcum powder.
Origin: dust, from dust
fine, dry particles of earth or other matter, so comminuted that they may be raised and wafted by the wind; that which is crumbled too minute portions; fine powder; as, clouds of dust; bone dust
a single particle of earth or other matter
the earth, as the resting place of the dead
the earthy remains of bodies once alive; the remains of the human body
figuratively, a worthless thing
figuratively, a low or mean condition
coined money; cash
to free from dust; to brush, wipe, or sweep away dust from; as, to dust a table or a floor
to sprinkle with dust
to reduce to a fine powder; to levigate
Origin: [AS. dust; cf. LG. dust, D. duist meal dust, OD. doest, donst, and G. dunst vapor, OHG. tunist, dunist, a blowing, wind, Icel. dust dust, Dan. dyst mill dust; perh. akin to L. fumus smoke, E. fume. 71.]
Dust consists of particles in the atmosphere that come from various sources such as soil dust lifted by weather, volcanic eruptions, and pollution. Dust in homes, offices, and other human environments contains small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibers, paper fibers, minerals from outdoor soil, human skin cells, burnt meteorite particles and many other materials which may be found in the local environment.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dust, n. fine particles of matter: a cloud of powdery matter present in the atmosphere: powder: earth: the grave, where the body becomes dust: a mean condition: gold-dust—hence money.—v.t. to free from dust: to sprinkle with dust.—ns. Dust′-ball, a disease of horses, in which grain-dust forms a ball in the intestine; Dust′-bin, a bucket, box, &c. for holding dust and rubbish; Dust′-brand, smut (q.v.); Dust′-brush, a light brush for removing dust from walls, &c.; Dust′-cart, a cart for conveying dust and rubbish from the streets; Dust′-contract′or, one who has made a contract to remove dust, &c., as from yards; Dust′er, one who dusts: a cloth or brush used for removing dust; Dust′-hole, a dust-bin; Dust′iness; Dust′man, a scavenger; Dust′-pan, a pan or shovel for removing dust swept from the floor.—adj. Dust′y, covered or sprinkled with dust: like dust.—ns. Dust′y-foot (see Pie-powder); Dust′y-mill′er, the auricula, from the white dust upon its leaves.—Dust a person's jacket, to give him a drubbing.—Bite the dust (see Bite); Down with the dust, pay down the money, originally with reference to gold-dust; Kick up a dust, to make a stir or uproar; Raise a dust, to create a disturbance; Throw dust in a person's eyes, to delude or deceive a person. [A.S. dúst; cf. Ger. dunst, vapour, Dut. duist, meal-dust.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Earth or other matter in fine, dry particles. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed)
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
Mud with the juice squeezed out.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'dust' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3784
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'dust' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3163
Rank popularity for the word 'dust' in Nouns Frequency: #1516
The numerical value of dust in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of dust in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Dust to dust, ashes to ashes. Is that all?
Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God's dust is greater than your idol.
All dust is the same dust. Temporarily separated to go peacefully and enjoy the eternal nap.
Life is real Life is earnest And the grave is not its goal Dust thou art, to dust returnest, Was not spoken of the soul.
We won't be able to deal with this subject by always brushing the dust under the rug, at some point the dust gets thicker than the rug.
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