dust

noun
\ ˈdəst How to pronounce dust (audio) \

Definition of dust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : fine particles of matter (as of earth)
2 : the particles into which something disintegrates
3a : something worthless
b : a state of humiliation
4a : the earth especially as a place of burial
b : the surface of the ground
5a : a cloud of dust
6 archaic : a single particle (as of earth)
7 British : refuse ready for collection

dust

verb
dusted; dusting; dusts

Definition of dust (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : to make dusty
2 : to make free of dust dust the living room
3a : 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

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Other Words from dust

Noun

dustless \ ˈdəst-​ləs How to pronounce dust (audio) \ adjective
dustlike \ ˈdəst-​ˌlīk How to pronounce dust (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dust in a Sentence

Noun The floor was covered with dust. You can see the dust particles floating through the air. There is not a speck of dust in that house. As the car sped down the dirt road, it left a cloud of dust behind. He wiped the chalk dust off his hands. Verb I dust at least once a week. Dust the pan with flour. The crops will be dusted with pesticide.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At one, activists locked themselves to construction equipment at a pumping station, and a video shows a border-patrol helicopter hovering low overhead, in what seemed like an attempt to stir up clouds of dust to drive the protesters away. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 9 June 2021 Surveillance video shows the crowd scattered in panic, as people crumpled to the ground wounded, puffs of dust exploding in the air from bullets hitting the walls. David Ovalle And Charles Rabin, sun-sentinel.com, 3 June 2021 Though some of the same issues remain—some post-launch heroes are still incredibly strong—the pillars of Overwatch’s creative design are starting to peek back out of the dust. Tyler Colp, Wired, 29 May 2021 Her poetry can make all of human history seem like a daydream, or a cloud of dust seem like the cosmos. The Atlantic Culture Desk, The Atlantic, 28 May 2021 The color of the moon during the total eclipse can appear different depending on where people are in the world, and by factors like the amount of dust in the atmosphere and global weather. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, 26 May 2021 The color of the moon during the total eclipse can appear different depending on where people are in the world, and by factors like the amount of dust in the atmosphere and global weather. Nick Perry, Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2021 Clouds of dust hung over the site, which had been reduced to piles of concrete rubble and tangled power lines. BostonGlobe.com, 18 May 2021 Clouds of dust hung over the site, which had been reduced to piles of concrete rubble and tangled power lines. Fares Akram And Joseph Krauss, USA TODAY, 18 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb By Friday morning, that same air was cold enough to produce some wet snow enough to dust the grass in central Wisconsin. NBC News, 28 May 2021 Put a spoonful of powdered sugar in a fine mesh strainer and lightly dust the pancakes. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Apr. 2021 Make sure to clean and dust the surface before placing it down, as that will give you the optimal performance. Chris Hachey, BGR, 29 Apr. 2021 Once it's been pressed out, finish it off with the rolling pin and dust it with a little bit of flour to keep it from sticking. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 23 Mar. 2021 The Wild Feathers dust it up at 9 p.m. from 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville. Gary Graff, cleveland, 14 Apr. 2021 Need to dig deep, dust yourself off, rebuild, then come back and try again. Cody Goodwin, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2021 First, though, dust your shades, sheers and curtains by patting them with your hands. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2021 Nose bridge wire:our cotton mouth Face Protections have adjustable nose bridge wire so that can dust proof going through and your glasses won’t fog up. Maren Estrada, BGR, 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of dust

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for dust

Noun

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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The first known use of dust was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

15 Jun 2021

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“Dust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dust. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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dust

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of dust (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something) clean by brushing or wiping dirt and dust from the surface
: to cover (something) with a fine powder

dust

noun
\ ˈdəst How to pronounce dust (audio) \

Kids Definition of dust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

dust

verb
dusted; dusting

Kids Definition of dust (Entry 2 of 2)

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.

Other Words from dust

duster \ ˈdə-​stər \ noun

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