Definitions for: Dust

[n] fine powdery material such as dry earth or pollen that can be blown about in the air; "the furniture was covered with dust"
[n] free microscopic particles of solid material; "astronomers say that the empty space between planets actually contains measurable amounts of dust"
[n] the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
[v] remove the dust from, as of furniture
[v] rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape; "The artist dusted the charcoal drawing down to a faint image"
[v] distribute loosely; "He scattered gun powder under the wagon."
[v] cover with a light dusting of a substance; "dust the bread with flour"

Webster (1913) Definition: Dust, n. [AS. dust; cf. LG. dust, D. duist meal dust, OD.
doest, donst, and G. dunst vapor, OHG. tunist, dunist, a
blowing, wind, Icel. dust dust, Dan. dyst mill dust; perh.
akin to L. fumus smoke, E. fume. ?.]
1. Fine, dry particles of earth or other matter, so
comminuted that they may be raised and wafted by the wind;
that which is crumbled too minute portions; fine powder;
as, clouds of dust; bone dust.

Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
--Gen. iii.

Stop! -- for thy tread is on an empire's dust.

2. A single particle of earth or other matter. [R.] ``To
touch a dust of England's ground.'' --Shak.

3. The earth, as the resting place of the dead.

For now shall sleep in the dust. --Job vii. 21.

4. The earthy remains of bodies once alive; the remains of
the human body.

And you may carve a shrine about my dust.

5. Figuratively, a worthless thing.

And by the merit of vile gold, dross, dust. --Shak.

6. Figuratively, a low or mean condition.

[God] raiseth up the poor out of the dust. --1 Sam.
ii. 8.

7. Gold dust; hence: (Slang) Coined money; cash.

Down with the dust, deposit the cash; pay down the money.
[Slang] ``My lord, quoth the king, presently deposit your
hundred pounds in gold, or else no going hence all the
days of your life. . . . The Abbot down with his dust, and
glad he escaped so, returned to Reading.'' --Fuller.

Dust brand (Bot.), a fungous plant (Ustilago Carbo); --
called also smut.

Gold dust, fine particles of gold, such as are obtained in
placer mining; -- often used as money, being transferred
by weight.

In dust and ashes. See under Ashes.

To bite the dust. See under Bite, v. t.


raise, or kick up, dust, to make a commotion. [Colloq.]

To throw dust in one's eyes, to mislead; to deceive.

Dust, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dusted; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To free from dust; to brush, wipe, or sweep away dust
from; as, to dust a table or a floor.

2. To sprinkle with dust.

3. To reduce to a fine powder; to levigate. --Sprat.

To dyst one's jacket, to give one a flogging. [Slang.]

Synonyms: debris, detritus, disperse, dot, junk, rubble, scatter, sprinkle

See Also: aerosolise, aerosolize, bespangle, blur, chalk dust, clean, cover, dirt, discharge, fallout, interplanetary dust, make clean, material, plash, radioactive dust, remove, rubbish, smear, smudge, smutch, soil, spatter, splash, splatter, splosh, spray, stuff, swash, take, take away, trash, withdraw

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