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dust

noun

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  1. 1 discarded or useless material the piles of dust that future archaeologists will sift through for insights into our civilization Synonyms chaff, deadwood, debris, dreck (also drek), dross, garbage, effluvium (also effluvia), junk, litter, offal, offscouring, raffle, refuse, riffraff, rubbish, scrap, spilth, trash, truck, wasteRelated Words crud, sewage, slop, swill, wash; detritus, remains, rubble, ruins; dump, scrap heap; lumber, odds and ends, trumpery; flotsam, jetsam, wreckage; castoff, cull, discard, hand-me-down, reject, throwaway; nothing, straw, two bitsNear Antonyms catch, gem, goody (or goodie), jewel, pearl, plum, prize, treasure, treasure trove, trove, valuable; booty, find, salvage

  2. 2 the solid part of our planet's surface as distinguished from the sea and air laid him out in the dust with one blow to the head Synonyms dirt, earth, ground, land, soil, terra firmaRelated Words continent, landmass, zone; island, isthmus, mainland, peninsula


dust

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of dust

  1. to defeat by a large margin the inexperienced sprinter somehow dusted the field of veterans Synonyms annihilate, blow away, bomb, bury, clobber, cream, drub, whip, flatten, paste, rout, shellac, skin, skunk, smoke [slang], smother, snow under, thrash, trim, tromp, trounce, wallop, wax [slang], whomp, whop (or whap), whupRelated Words sweep, upset; beat, best, conquer, dispatch, hurdle, lick, master, overbear, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), subdue, surmount, take, throw, triumph (over), win (against), worst; crush, knock off, knock over, overpower, overthrow, overwhelm, subjugate, upend, vanquish; ace (out), better, eclipse, exceed, outdistance, outdo, outfight, outshine, outstrip, overtop, surpass, top, transcend; edge (out), nose out, pip [British]; cap, excel, flourish, score, succeed; break, destroy, do in, finish, sink, slaughter


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