dust·​ing ˈdə-stiŋ How to pronounce dusting (audio)
plural dustings
: the act of making something clean by brushing or wiping away dirt and dust from the surface
The furniture needs a good dusting.
: 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
: 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

Examples of dusting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Invert it onto a platter and garnish with an extra dusting of Parmesan and fresh basil. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 15 May 2024 And then, Frey said, overnight Tuesday until about 8 a.m. Wednesday there could be more rain and more persistent wind gusts, with temperatures plummeting, down into the 30s and 20s, which could lead to a dusting of snow. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 26 Feb. 2024 Some parts of the metro will only get a dusting of snow. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 16 Feb. 2024 While most of the accumulation probably occurs Monday night, a small portion — perhaps a dusting to a coating — could come late tonight into early Monday morning. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2024 And post-bake, a dusting of parmesan will enhance the umami notes. Jessie Sheehan, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024 After a neighboring farmer used a plane for crop dusting, men at Chen’s farm threatened to shoot it out of the sky, Hawk said in an interview. Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica, 14 Mar. 2024 On her cheeks, nothing too brash, just a faint dusting of coral blush to sculpt and define. Georgia Day, Vogue, 27 Feb. 2024 Inside the Emporio Armani showroom, models delighted in a dusting of (fake) snow, some twirling down the runway with umbrellas aloft. Colleen Barry, Quartz, 22 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dusting was in 1681

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“Dusting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dusting. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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