dust

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1dust

noun \ˈdəst\

: fine dry powder that builds up inside buildings on surfaces that have not recently been cleaned

: fine powder made up of very small pieces of earth or sand

: fine powder made from a particular substance

Full Definition of DUST

1
:  fine particles of matter (as of earth)
2
:  the particles into which something disintegrates
3
a :  something worthless
b :  a state of humiliation
4
a :  the earth especially as a place of burial
b :  the surface of the ground
5
a :  a cloud of dust
b :  confusion, disturbance
6
archaic :  a single particle (as of earth)
7
British :  refuse ready for collection
dust·less \-ləs\ adjective
dust·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of DUST

  1. The floor was covered with dust.
  2. You can see the dust particles floating through the air.
  3. There is not a speck of dust in that house.
  4. As the car sped down the dirt road, it left a cloud of dust behind.
  5. He wiped the chalk dust off his hands.

Origin of DUST

Middle English, from Old English dūst; akin to Old High German tunst storm, and probably to Latin fumus smoke — more at fume
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with DUST

2dust

verb

: to make (something) clean by brushing or wiping dirt and dust from the surface

: to cover (something) with a fine powder

Full Definition of DUST

transitive verb
1
archaic :  to make dusty
2
:  to make free of dust <dust the living room>
3
a :  to sprinkle with fine particles <a cake dusted with sugar>
b :  to sprinkle in the form of dust
4
:  to throw a fastball close to (a batter) :  brush back —often used with off
5
:  to defeat badly (as in a race)
intransitive verb
1
of a bird :  to work dust into the feathers
2
:  to remove dust
3
:  to give off dust

Examples of DUST

  1. I dust at least once a week.
  2. Dust the pan with flour.
  3. The crops will be dusted with pesticide.

First Known Use of DUST

1530

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