dusting

noun dust·ing \ ˈdə-stiŋ \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of dusting

plural dustings
1 : the act of making something clean by brushing or wiping away dirt and dust from the surface
  • The furniture needs a good dusting.
2 a : a small amount of something that falls or is sprinkled over a surface
  • During summer, the cracked floor looks prehistoric under the desert sun; during winter, it's intermittently covered by sheets of ice and dustings of snow.
  • —Joseph Stromberg
  • Add pearl onions, mushrooms, and a dusting of marjoram.
  • —Hali Ramdene
b : a faint or slight quality or amount
  • … sporting a dusting of stubble, DiSpirito runs Union Pacific, a paragon of gilded, inventive Manhattan dining.
  • —James Poniewozik

First Known Use of dusting

1681

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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