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noun \ˈdəst\

Simple Definition of dust

  • : 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. 1 :  fine particles of matter (as of earth)

  2. 2 :  the particles into which something disintegrates

  3. 3 a :  something worthless b :  a state of humiliation

  4. 4 a :  the earth especially as a place of burial b :  the surface of the ground

  5. 5 a :  a cloud of dust b :  confusion, disturbance

  6. 6 archaic :  a single particle (as of earth)

  7. 7 British :  refuse ready for collection

dust·less play \-ləs\ adjective
dust·like play \-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




Simple Definition of dust

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to make dusty

  3. 2 :  to make free of dust <dust the living room>

  4. 3 a :  to sprinkle with fine particles <a cake dusted with sugar> b :  to sprinkle in the form of dust

  5. 4 :  to throw a fastball close to (a batter) :  brush back —often used with off

  6. 5 :  to defeat badly (as in a race)

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 of a bird :  to work dust into the feathers

  9. 2 :  to remove dust

  10. 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


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