1. fine powdery material such as dry earth or pollen that can be blown about in the air;
- Example: "the furniture was covered with dust"
2. the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up;
[syn: debris, dust, junk, rubble, detritus]
3. free microscopic particles of solid material;
- Example: "astronomers say that the empty space between planets actually contains measurable amounts of dust"
1. remove the dust from;
- Example: "dust the cabinets"
2. rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape;
- Example: "The artist dusted the charcoal drawing down to a faint image"
3. cover with a light dusting of a substance;
- Example: "dust the bread with flour"
4. distribute loosely;
- Example: "He scattered gun powder under the wagon"
[syn: scatter, sprinkle, dot, dust, disperse]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dust \Dust\ (d[u^]st), 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. [root]71.] 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 to minute portions; fine powder; as, clouds of dust; bone dust. [1913 Webster] Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. --Gen. iii. 19. [1913 Webster] Stop! -- for thy tread is on an empire's dust. --Byron. [1913 Webster] 2. A single particle of earth or other matter. [R.] "To touch a dust of England's ground." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. The earth, as the resting place of the dead. [1913 Webster] For now shall sleep in the dust. --Job vii. 21. [1913 Webster] 4. The earthy remains of bodies once alive; the remains of the human body. [1913 Webster] And you may carve a shrine about my dust. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 5. Figuratively, a worthless thing. [1913 Webster] And by the merit of vile gold, dross, dust. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 6. Figuratively, a low or mean condition. [1913 Webster] [God] raiseth up the poor out of the dust. --1 Sam. ii. 8. [1913 Webster] 7. Gold dust; hence: (Slang) Coined money; cash. [1913 Webster] 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. To raise dust, or To kick up dust, to make a commotion. [Colloq.] To throw dust in one's eyes, to mislead; to deceive. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dust \Dust\ (d[u^]st), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dusted; p. pr. & vb. n. Dusting.] 1. To free from dust; to brush, wipe, or sweep away dust from; as, to dust a table or a floor. [1913 Webster] 2. To sprinkle with dust. [1913 Webster] 3. To reduce to a fine powder; to levigate. --Sprat. [1913 Webster] To dyst one's jacket, to give one a flogging. [Slang.] [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
dust n 1: fine powdery material such as dry earth or pollen that can be blown about in the air; "the furniture was covered with dust" 2: the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up [syn: debris, dust, junk, rubble, detritus] 3: free microscopic particles of solid material; "astronomers say that the empty space between planets actually contains measurable amounts of dust" v 1: remove the dust from; "dust the cabinets" 2: 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" 3: cover with a light dusting of a substance; "dust the bread with flour" 4: distribute loosely; "He scattered gun powder under the wagon" [syn: scatter, sprinkle, dot, dust, disperse]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
259 Moby Thesaurus words for "dust": acres, air, air pollution, alluvion, alluvium, altercation, arable land, ashes, attritus, bamboozle, barrel, beat, beeline, begrime, bemire, bemud, besmoke, besprinkle, bickering, biscuit, bleach, body, bone, bones, bowdlerize, bran, bread, bubble, cadaver, carcass, carrion, chaff, chicane, chip, clamjamfry, clay, clean, clean out, clean up, cleanse, clear out, clobber, clod, cobweb, collateral, cork, corpse, corpus delicti, cosmic dust, cracker, crowbait, crumb, crumble, crust, culm, dead body, dead man, dead person, deadwood, debris, decedent, delouse, depurate, deterge, dirt, dirty, dirty up, dishwater, dispute, dot, down, draff, dredge, dregs, drub, dry bones, dry land, dry-clean, dust ball, dust off, dustup, earth, efflorescence, embalmed corpse, ether, expurgate, fairy, falling-out, fallout, farina, feather, filings, flimflam, flit, flour, flue, fluff, fly, foam, food for worms, fool, fracas, freehold, freshen, froth, fuzz, garbage, gash, glebe, gossamer, grassland, grime, grits, groats, ground, gull, hassle, hasten, hoax, hogwash, hoodwink, hotfoot, husks, hustle, junk, kittens, lambaste, land, landholdings, larrup, late lamented, leavings, lees, lick, lint, lithosphere, litter, lumber, lustrate, marginal land, marl, meal, mire, mold, mortal remains, mote, muck, muck up, mud, muddy, mummification, mummy, offal, offscourings, organic remains, orts, overwhelm, parchment, parings, pepper, potsherds, powder, powdering, purge, purify, pussies, raff, rags, raspings, real estate, real property, reform, refuse, region, regolith, relics, reliquiae, remains, riffraff, row, rubbish, rubble, run, run-in, sawdust, scavenge, scourings, scrap, scrap iron, scraps, scum, shards, shavings, shellac, shoddy, skeleton, slack, slag, slime, slop, slops, smoke, smut, sod, soil, soot, spatter, speck, speckle, speed, splatter, sponge, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, spruce, spume, steam-clean, stick, stiff, straw, stubble, stud, subaerial deposit, subsoil, sweep out, sweepings, sweeten, swill, tares, tenement of clay, terra, terra firma, terrain, territory, the country, the dead, the deceased, the defunct, the departed, the loved one, thistledown, thrash, tidy, topsoil, trash, trick, truck, wastage, waste, waste matter, wastepaper, weeds, whiten, wipe, wipe off, wipe out, wipe up, woodlandEaston's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
Dust Storms of sand and dust sometimes overtake Eastern travellers. They are very dreadful, many perishing under them. Jehovah threatens to bring on the land of Israel, as a punishment for forsaking him, a rain of "powder and dust" (Deut. 28:24). To cast dust on the head was a sign of mourning (Josh. 7:6); and to sit in dust, of extreme affliction (Isa. 47:1). "Dust" is used to denote the grave (Job 7:21). "To shake off the dust from one's feet" against another is to renounce all future intercourse with him (Matt. 10:14; Acts 13:51). To "lick the dust" is a sign of abject submission (Ps. 72:9); and to throw dust at one is a sign of abhorrence (2 Sam. 16:13; comp. Acts 22:23).