dust·​pan | \ ˈdəs(t)-ˌpan How to pronounce dustpan (audio) \

Definition of dustpan

: a shovel-shaped pan for sweepings

Examples of dustpan in a Sentence

Here's a broom and dustpan. Go sweep the kitchen.
Recent Examples on the Web Pick up these plant pieces by hand or with a dustpan and brush. Jeff Harper, chicagotribune.com, "11 things you should never vacuum," 24 Mar. 2021 Two more chairs are on the right; a gray dustpan, dinged up and dirty, sits on one of them. Gregg Doyel, USA TODAY, "Doyel: The quest for a legendary relic — Bob Knight's red chair," 24 Feb. 2021 This Libman angle broom comes with its own snap-on dustpan and is perfect for cleaning messes off of hardwood, linoleum, and other smooth ground surfaces. Popular Science, "The best brooms for conquering any mess," 17 June 2020 Besides mops and spin-buckets, wipers, dustpans, and brooms too have witnessed massive demand on Paytm Mall, according to Srinivas Mothey, senior vice-president of the e-commerce company. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Urban India has found the perfect symbol for its lockdown purgatory: a mop," 14 May 2020 Gently brush the heap into a dustpan using short, brisk strokes. New York Times, "The Clean Queen Talks Quarantine," 27 Apr. 2020 Dirt was swept to a corner of a room because Theo couldn’t find a dustpan. al, "How a school’s 1st black history celebration empowered Jefferson County students," 1 Mar. 2020 Products include license plates, highway signage, mattresses, pillows, dustpans, textiles and eyeglasses. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "Cuomo’s Fix for Sanitizer Shortage: 100,000 Gallons Made by Prisoners," 10 Mar. 2020 On a recent afternoon, a man missing half his left leg used his right foot to propel his wheelchair around the space, wielding a little red broom and dustpan to tidy it up. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "SF says no thanks to free housing for homeless on vacant Tenderloin lot," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of dustpan

1783, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dustpan was in 1783

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30 Mar 2021

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“Dustpan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dustpan. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dustpan

: a flat pan that is open on one side and into which dirt from the floor is swept


dust·​pan | \ ˈdəst-ˌpan How to pronounce dustpan (audio) \

Kids Definition of dustpan

: a flat pan shaped like a shovel into which dirt from the floor is swept

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