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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]