dust·​ing | \ ˈdə-stiŋ How to pronounce dusting (audio) \
plural dustings

Definition of dusting

1 : the act of making something clean by brushing or wiping away dirt and dust from the surface The furniture needs a good dusting.
2a : 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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English Language Learners Definition of dusting

: the act of making something clean by brushing or wiping away dirt and dust from the surface
: a small amount of something that falls over a surface

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