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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
DUSTS Defined for Kids

1dust

noun \ˈdəst\

Definition of DUST for Kids

1
:  fine dry powdery particles (as of earth) :  a fine powder that often builds up on furniture
2
:  a fine powder made from a particular substance or from something that has disintegrated <gold dust>
3
:  the surface of the ground <The horses pawed at the dust.>

2dust

verb
dust·eddust·ing

Definition of DUST for Kids

1
:  to make free of dust :  brush or wipe away dust <dust furniture>
2
:  to sprinkle with or as if with fine particles <Dust the pan with flour.>
dust·er \ˈdə-stər\ noun
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