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dust

noun \ ˈdəst \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

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
6 archaic : a single particle (as of earth)
7 British : refuse ready for collection

dustless

play \-ləs\ adjective

dustlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of dust in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of dust

Middle English, from Old English dūst; akin to Old High German tunst storm, and probably to Latin fumus smoke — more at fume


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dust

verb

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 in a Sentence

  1. I dust at least once a week.

  2. Dust the pan with flour.

  3. The crops will be dusted with pesticide.

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First Known Use of dust

1530



DUST Defined for English Language Learners

dust

noun

Definition of dust for English Language Learners

  • : 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


dust

verb

Definition of dust for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) clean by brushing or wiping dirt and dust from the surface

  • : to cover (something) with a fine powder


DUST Defined for Kids

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dust

noun \ ˈdəst \

Definition of dust for Students

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.

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dust

verb

Definition of dust for Students

dusted; dusting
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.

duster

\ˈdə-stər\ noun


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