Definition of Dust

1. Noun. Fine powdery material such as dry earth or pollen that can be blown about in the air. "The furniture was covered with dust"

Generic synonyms: Particulate, Particulate Matter
Specialized synonyms: Chalk Dust, Fallout, Radioactive Dust
Derivative terms: Dusty

2. Verb. Remove the dust from. "Dust the cabinets"
Entails: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw
Generic synonyms: Clean, Make Clean
Derivative terms: Duster

3. Noun. The remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up.
Exact synonyms: Debris, Detritus, Junk, Rubble
Generic synonyms: Rubbish, Scrap, Trash
Specialized synonyms: Slack
Derivative terms: Junk

4. Verb. Rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape. "They dust sugar over the cake"; "The artist dusted the charcoal drawing down to a faint image"
Generic synonyms: Blur, Smear, Smudge, Smutch

5. Noun. Free microscopic particles of solid material. "Astronomers say that the empty space between planets actually contains measurable amounts of dust"
Specialized synonyms: Interplanetary Dust
Generic synonyms: Material, Stuff

6. Verb. Cover with a light dusting of a substance. "They dust the cake with sugar"; "Dust the bread with flour"
Generic synonyms: Cover

7. Verb. Distribute loosely. "They dust sugar over the cake"; "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"
Exact synonyms: Disperse, Dot, Scatter, Sprinkle
Specialized synonyms: Spray, Spray, Plash, Spatter, Splash, Splatter, Splosh, Swash, Splash, Splosh, Sprinkle, Bespangle, Aerosolise, Aerosolize
Generic synonyms: Discharge
Derivative terms: Dispersive, Scatter, Scatter, Sprinkling

Definition of Dust

1. n. Fine, dry particles of earth or other matter, so comminuted that they may be raised and wafted by the wind; that which is crumbled to minute portions; fine powder; as, clouds of dust; bone dust.

2. v. t. To free from dust; to brush, wipe, or sweep away dust from; as, to dust a table or a floor.

Definition of Dust

1. Noun. Fine, dry particles of matter found in the air and covering the surface of objects, typically consisting of soil lifted up by the wind, pollen, hair, etc. ¹

2. Noun. The act of cleaning by dusting. ¹

3. Noun. (mathematics) A totally disconnected set of points with a fractal structure. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) to remove dust from ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) to remove dust; to clean by removing dust ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) Of a bird, to cover itself in sand or dry, dusty earth ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) to spray or cover something with fine powder or liquid ¹

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Definition of Dust

1. to make free of dust (minute particles of matter) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Dust

1. 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. 19) "Stop! for thy tread is on an empire's dust." (Byron) 2. A single particle of earth or other matter. "To touch a dust of England's ground." 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." (Tennyson) 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: Coined money; cash. Down with the dust, deposit the cash; pay down the money. "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." . Dust brand, 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 Ashes. To bite the dust. See Bite, To raise, or kick up, dust, to make a commotion. To throw dust in one's eyes, to mislead; to deceive. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dust

dusky-footed woodrat
dusky salamander
dusky shark
dust (current term)
dust asthma
dust bag
dust ball
dust bin
dust bins
dust bowl
dust bunnies
dust bunny
dust cell
dust cloth
dust cloud

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