What does dust mean?

Definitions for dustdʌst

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dust.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dust(noun)

    fine powdery material such as dry earth or pollen that can be blown about in the air

    "the furniture was covered with dust"

  2. debris, dust, junk, rubble, detritus(noun)

    the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up

  3. dust(verb)

    free microscopic particles of solid material

    "astronomers say that the empty space between planets actually contains measurable amounts of dust"

  4. dust(verb)

    remove the dust from

    "dust the cabinets"

  5. dust(verb)

    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"

  6. dust(verb)

    cover with a light dusting of a substance

    "dust the bread with flour"

  7. scatter, sprinkle, dot, dust, disperse(verb)

    distribute loosely

    "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"


  1. dust(Noun)

    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.

  2. dust(Noun)

    The act of cleaning by dusting.

  3. dust(Noun)

    A totally disconnected set of points with a fractal structure.

  4. dust(Verb)

    to remove dust from

    The cleaning lady needs a stool to dust the cupboard.

  5. dust(Verb)

    to remove dust; to clean by removing dust

    Dusting always makes me cough.

  6. dust(Verb)

    Of a bird, to cover itself in sand or dry, dusty earth

  7. dust(Verb)

    to spray or cover something with fine powder or liquid

    The mother dusted her baby's bum with talcum powder.

  8. Origin: dust, from dust

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dust(noun)

    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

  2. Dust(noun)

    a single particle of earth or other matter

  3. Dust(noun)

    the earth, as the resting place of the dead

  4. Dust(noun)

    the earthy remains of bodies once alive; the remains of the human body

  5. Dust(noun)

    figuratively, a worthless thing

  6. Dust(noun)

    figuratively, a low or mean condition

  7. Dust(noun)

    gold dust

  8. Dust(noun)

    coined money; cash

  9. Dust(verb)

    to free from dust; to brush, wipe, or sweep away dust from; as, to dust a table or a floor

  10. Dust(verb)

    to sprinkle with dust

  11. Dust(verb)

    to reduce to a fine powder; to levigate

  12. 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.]


  1. Dust

    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

  1. Dust

    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

  1. Dust

    Earth or other matter in fine, dry particles. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed)

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. DUST

    Mud with the juice squeezed out.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dust' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3784

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dust' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3163

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dust' in Nouns Frequency: #1516


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dust in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dust in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mexico Governor Agustin Carstens:

    As time passes and the dust settles.

  2. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Dust to dust, ashes to ashes. Is that all?

  3. T. S. Eliot:

    I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

  4. Pablo Picasso:

    Art washes away the dust of everyday life.

  5. Benjamin Franklin:

    Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.

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